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Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 2:46 pm
GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The guy who started it all, who put the cachet and challenges of playing in New York on his shoulders, embraced the idea of getting some help Tuesday. Amar’e Stoudemire has a co-star – and not a minute too soon, as far as he’s concerned. 

“I think that’s where it all started, when I signed here in New York,” Stoudemire said, recalling his decision to be the first star to come to the Knicks at a time when the NBA landscape is changing forever. “That pretty much opened the eyes of the rest of the basketball world that, ‘New York is a place that I’d go now.’” 

Stoudemire spoke by phone Tuesday morning with his new teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who was en route to the Knicks’ training facility after the blockbuster trade sending him from Denver to the Knicks was agreed to Monday night. The customary conference call with league officials to approve the trade was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re both really excited,” Stoudemire said. “Chauncey (Billups) is a great shooter off the screen-roll and Carmelo can space the floor from the 3-point line out. The court’s going to be open and it’s going to be hard to guard us.” 

Stoudemire said he found out that the trade had been agreed to Monday night from Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who took the lead on closing the massive, three-team, 12-player trade with Denver and Minnesota.

"Mr. Dolan called me and told me," Stoudemire said. "We commented back and forth. The one thing I talked about when I first signed was keeping the communication open because the goal was to win a championship team."

Stoudemire and Anthony first met in high school, playing in McDonald’s All-American games and the Jordan Classic. Now, they’ll have to figure out how to co-exist on the same team – in a city that is overwhelmed with expectations that the addition of Anthony puts the Knicks in the hunt with Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. The pressure will be stifling and the expectations unrealistic, but Stoudemire said it is precisely what Anthony was looking for since he began angling for a trade five months ago. 

“That’s what he wants,” Stoudemire said. “That’s what I wanted, coming to New York and playing on the big stage. We have that same swag. We’re going to do it together.” 

Stoudemire likened the addition of Anthony to Phoenix giving him Steve Nash in Phoenix, when current Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni was the coach there.

"We went to the Western Conference finals and won 60-odd games," Stoudemire said. "We built a championship caliber team. That's something that's been overlooked, what I did for that franchise."

Now, Stoudemire brings in Anthony, whose union was first discussed publicly at Anthony's wedding in July -- when Chris Paul raised a glass to forming "our own Big Three in New York." Two down, one to go -- though Stoudemire smiled when asked if he'd spoken with a certain New Orleans point guard since the trade went down.

"No, I haven't talked to him at all," Stoudemire said.

It took Stoudemire’s pals in Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, a solid two months before they got used to playing with each other. With Amar’e and Melo, there will be bumps in the road. But Stoudemire said “there’s no doubt” they’re compatible. 

“Every team needs a 1 and a 1-A punch,” Stoudemire said. 

If nothing else, the Knicks have that. And Stoudemire believes the guys in Miami and Boston will take notice. 

“I think they know it’s starting to get harder and harder in the East,” Stoudemire said.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:31 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Are the Knicks going to, you know, guard anyone? Not that D'antoni has ever really cared too much about defense, but that's probably why he's never won a ring. Anyway, here is what Knicks fans have to ask themselves: would you rather have Amar'e, Carmelo and Billups; or Nash, Marion and Amar'e? I'd rather have the old Suns lineup, which never won a title under this coach. Food for thought.

Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:30 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

congrats Carmelo you went from the 7th seed in west to the 6th seed in the east, hooray!!

seriously does anybody think that this team if they end up with the 6th seed could beat boston,chicago, or miami in the first round?
or if they move up to the 5th seed and pass the hawks, they will probably play the magic in the first round i could possibly see them beat the magic, but in the the 2nd round, they would still have to play one of the top 3 teams in the east barring major upset

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:16 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Terrible trade for the Knicks....they gave up good young depth. Not a fan of Felton just b/c I think Dantoni made him good in his system but they gave up good young players, 1st round pick for an ego driven shoot first player. How long will Amare and Carmelo co exist if they won't win anything...

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:11 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Not to mention, neither one of them has ever been known to play Defense. The only big time scorer who plays less Defense is Dirk

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:09 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Coming from a Lakers fan who happens to have ball hogging Bryant...Id say a village has lost its idiot but we found him here on CBS....dork.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:58 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Of course they're compatible. They both have never touched a ball without thinking shoot first and the next time either one of them guards anyone will be the first time. They are perfect for each other.

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