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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.
Comments

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I'm going to laugh my arss off when the Knicks don't even make the playoffs this season.  Billups, might be able to save them, but there aren't many games left and the Knicks just went from below average defense to no defense at all.  Anyone who says they would rather have Carmelo than Deron Williams on their team, is one a moron, two doesn't know anything about basketball, and three, is moron.  It doesn't matter, because the Knicks now have two of the dumbest and worst defensive players on their team and they will never play in a championship game as long as wanna-b thugmelo and retar'e Stoudemire are on their team.



Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

chauncey!....chauncey!, this is the guy that will be key to pulling it all together.....Pure Class and Quality!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

the knicks will still lose in the first round. However theyre going to be better, i seriously doubt that cp3 will be able to go there, the league seems all to ready to enforce a hard cap, to try and prevent teams loading up, and making the league not very competetive. Also, all the stars are in the east now....crazy.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:35 am
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

clueless....theyre talking about the hard cap at 45mil.....them two at 40....how they gonna get another max contract player (not happening) and then fill up the bench with 5 mil....scramble up the letters in ur id and you would be CLUELESS...just another NY fan thinking everything revolves around themselves....where ya guys been for the last 10-15 years???



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:26 am
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Funny how Amare is all New Yorked out with his Spike Lee glasses and stupid wool knit hat. He is such a tool.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

you should be careful on commenting on someone's intelligence when you yourself cannot spellthesaurus correctly.
LOL



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

you are a freak...and you know it deep down...no fixation here...just pointed out some pretty funny things....anyone that says chief is a closet man lover as i am sure you already know...bottom line....u stated spic about eight times and i am offended as a caucasion because it is scumbags like you that make us look like hillbillys from deliverance...i bet you made a few men squeal like a pig in your dreams huh sweety?  stop trying to pretend like i am a bad guy for picking on a couple of rich people when you are calling other writers here a spic?you are a scumbag and stop making a bad name for the rest of us!
wow...more homo-erotic references from this guy.  pal, I am not into men but you have at 'em.  you go, girl!!



 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

you should be careful on commenting on someone's intelligence when you yourself cannot spell thesaurus correctly.



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Yes and we didn't have to look very hard for the idiot either. He burst out of the closet while trying to compare Amare & Anthony to Kobe Bryant, 

TEN TIME NBA All-Defensive Team award winner......





Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

so you draw the line at racial insults but making fun of other men's looks is quite alright.p.s. - what is with the odd fixation on other men's looks anyway?  just strangeyou are a freak...and you know it deep down...no fixation here...just pointed out some pretty funny things....anyone that says chief is a closet man lover as i am sure you already know...bottom line....u stated spic about eight times and i am offended as a caucasion because it is scumbags like you that make us look like hillbillys from deliverance...i bet you made a few men squeal like a pig in your dreams huh sweety?  stop trying to pretend like i am a bad guy for picking on a couple of rich people when you are calling other writers here a spic?you are a scumbag and stop making a bad name for the rest of us!


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