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One of the reasons Carmelo Anthony wanted to come to New York was to play alongside Amar'e Stoudemire. Time and time again, however, that has failed to happen.

No, it isn't because naysayers doubt that Melo and Stat don't have the skill-sets to play along with one another on the court. It's because the two All-Stars have never been healthy at the same time.

Most of the time it's Stoudemire on the sidelines dealing with knee injuries. It's been that way for most of Anthony's tenure with the Knicks.

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Amar'e Stoudemire did some shooting with his Knicks teammates when camp opened on Tuesday, but he didn't practice with the new-look Knicks. Head coach Mike Woodson doesn't know when Stoudemire will be able to go.

?It's hard for me to even comment on that,? Woodson said. ?I think right now it's nice to see him out today on the floor. But we've just got to take it a day at a time. We're not rushing, let's put it that way. We want to make sure when he steps on the floor that he's right for the minutes that we decide to give him.?

Stoudemire has had three knee surgeries in the last 12 months, including one in July that on Monday he called "extremely minor." He talked repeatedly about trying to "prolong" his career by limiting his playing time during the preseason and regular season.

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Andrea Bargnani has recently began to work out and run with with the New York Knicks, teammate Raymond Felton said Monday night at an Under Armour event.

Bargnani, who is dealing with a pneumonia that kept him out of EuroBasket with Team Italy, is not scrimmaging and is getting winded easily. However, it appears as if he'll be ready for the start of Knicks training camp in a week.

Felton also said Amare' Stoudemire has began running, but like Bargnani is not yet scrimmaging with the team.

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Back when I was in high school, C- was still a passing grade. But when you're being judged on an offseason worth of free-agent signings, trades and the NBA Draft, it's not as flattering.

Sports Illustrated handed the New York Knicks a C- grade for the offseason, one in which the team acquired Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, Jeremy Tyler, Tim Hardaway Jr. and C.J. Leslie, and also re-upped with J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin.

According to Rob Mahoney, the Knicks retained some necessary pieces and enjoyed some bargain signings, but re-signing Smith comes with its question marks, while trading for Bargnani did not address the team's needs.

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With all of the offseason additions, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still unsure of which players he'll trot out as his starting five.

According to Woodson, only Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton are sure bets to crack the starting lineup, leaving the shooting guard and power forward positions open for competition.

At the 2, J.R. Smith will play starter minutes, but the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will probably continue to provide an offensive spark off the bench like he did in 2012.

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How much or how little Amar'e Stoudemire can contribute to the New York Knicks on the court this coming season is certainly up for discussion. But his contributions to the Miss America pageant this fall cannot be denied.

Stoudemire, along with former 'N Sync vocalist Lance Bass, Joshua Bell, Mario Cantone and "Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran, highlight the panel of judges for the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept. 15.

Also judging the contest will be Carla Hall and Deidre Downs Gunn.

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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

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Earlier this week, ESPN Insider projected J.R. Smith to be a top-10 shooting guard in 2013-14. Now, the site has shifted its focus onto the forwards.

Projecting the top 10 power forwards for the upcoming season, analyst Bradford Doolittle placed Carmelo Anthony in the No. 10 spot. According to Doolittle, Anthony's 11 WARP -- the first double-digit offensive efficiency total -- is combated by a poor defensive effort.

"His offensive efficiency spiked with his position shift, and his acceptance of the move," Doolitte wrote. "The downside of the tweak is Anthony's lack of defensive acumen. His defensive rebounding was fine when he was a 3, but one position over, it doesn't look too good. Anthony does, without a doubt, score a lot of points. Make of that what you will."

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Boy, the plight of Knicks fans. So many years of having to deal with bad contracts.

This is why, I believe people are quick to jump to conclusions, especially when talking about Amar'e Stoudemire? Stoudemire, who lacked any mid range jump shot or bounce to his step for the first few months of the season, was done physically I heard people say.

Coming off a back injury that caused him to sit during the playoffs last year and an extended work stoppage that hampered his rehabilitation, Stoudemire showed up to camp with an extra 10+ pounds of muscle on his frame. Gone, initially, was the explosive hop that caused Stoudemire to earn All-NBA honors again last year.

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Since we're in a world of rapid reading let me preface the following by saying I think any chance of a deal happening with Orlando is extremely slim.

That said, Stephen A. Smith went on record on the radio the other day noting a source saying that the Magic are exploring a possible deal that would send Dwight Howard to New York for Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, who can't be dealt before March 1st.

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?Amar?e is an unbelievable player but his name hasn?t come up,?
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I can tell you with full knowledge and disclosure that Stoudemire was offered for Paul on the day they were pressing to acquire Chandler. It was a shot in the dark.

The Howard situation is something we've been on the case with as well. And, again, I won't take any Howard to NY rumor seriously unless my sources tell me that there is legs to it. Right now it seems as if Orlando is trying to play the roll of Denver last year. There is absolutely no rush for them to do any deal, like the Nuggets last year, if they are winning games and potential trade partners are losing them. It's beneficial for them to watch the Nets' (for example) draft position improve night after night. This draft is loaded.

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I heard all the issues as it related to Amar'e Stoudemire's 5th year, the reason why he chose to come to NY and a very questionable decision by the Phoenix Suns two summers ago. ?Knicks fans were worried, and still are, that there was no way that Stoudemire's legs would hold up over the course of his career in the Big Apple.

I said at the time Stoudemire would benefit from following the career of Karl Malone, the alpha- power forward who went from delivering vicious dunks as a youth to delivering mid range pick and pop jump shots. That added years (and more production in his 30s) to his career.

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In the first quarter with 6:20 to go of last night's game there was a play in which the Knicks failed to close out a possession and it led to a foul on Tyson Chandler who hammered Brook Lopez sending him to the foul line.

I watched the replay and saw that Amar'e Stoudemire went to close out on a kick out jumper then "ran out" which is to say he wanted to get out in transition so when the team rebounded (see Chandler) he'd get ball out in transition. Except they hadn't secured the ball and the result was a foul on Chandler.

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This is something that has been tossed around these parts and yes, as it relates to Phil Jackson, it makes more sense for the Knicks to land a big player. This is going to be another one of those years, fans, strap yourselves in.

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These are my fingers typing the keys with the love and passion for Knicks basketball.

I can't tell you how good this feels.

Ok, now that that's done, it's time to get down to business and as we've learned time and time again, that business is the game of basketball. Knicks basketball.

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"I'm hearing good things about the lockout, that we'd be starting sooner than later," Stoudemire said. "So that [Florida camp] would be offset. I'm not sure the change [in negotiating stance], but I do feel better about the fact we may start sooner than later. That's a positive for us."
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Via Alan Hahn
According to several players, the Knicks' captain sent out emails about the plan to all 10 players under contract for 2011-12, plus draft picks Iman Shumpert (who is already working out at IMG) and Josh Harrellson and a few free agents from the 2010-11 roster. Center Jerome Jordan signed with a team in Slovenia (with an NBA out), so he will likely not be available to attend a workout unless the lockout is resolved.

Anthony, looking muscular and well-conditioned, poured in 27 points in the Melo-Goodman game and declared himself "back". He had been dealing with an elbow injury last season.

Speaking of back, Stoudemire recently said his feels "much better."

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Need NBA hits during a dormant season? Bash the Knicks. Seriously.

Neither are overrated at this stage. Amar'e in a few years based on numbers and zero Finals appearances? More likely. Melo knows at this point he's asked and received the attention that comes with NY. He will be vilified here if he doesn't perform and lead the Knicks to title contention. Not to poke fun TBB, but Scottie Pippen greatest small forward of all time?

Come on.

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Via NY Post
Saying his back woes haven't let up, Amar'e Stoudemire said yesterday they have prevented him from seriously considering offers from overseas during the NBA lockout...Stoudemire pulled a back muscle before Game 2 of the Knicks' first-round playoff series vs. Boston in mid-April and was impaired the rest of the series. At an event in Manhattan on June 15, he said his back was still sore.
This would appear to be bad news but let's be careful here. Speculating on injuries is not the right thing to do. Yes, it's a different injury but fans swore that Gallinari couldn't make it through a full season healthy because of his back.? Again, that's NOT a comparison and it doesn't bode well for Amar'e that he's still having issues this far past the injury date.

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Via NY Post
?"I don't think anyone is thinking about playing overseas at this point -- certainly not Amar'e,"
-Agent Happy Walters
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When Lebron decided on Miami my first reaction (other than to sit in front of the computer and be with the great and loyal fans of this site and of the Knicks to talk about it) was from an Xs and Os perspective. I never knew how Wade and James would mesh. I was on SNY talking about how I believed it to be in Lebron's best interest to play in the pick and roll with Amar'e Stoudemire. That made the most basketball sense.

What you saw in this finals was a heat team that had no chemistry offensively, despite having 3 of the best 4 players on the floor most of the time. There was no flow, poor spacing. If you can keep the heat out of transition, which the Mavs did for the last 4 games of the series, then you can beat them in crunch time.

James not utilizing pick and roll was a mistake. But the biggest mistake, to me, is the simple fact that James chose a rather submissive role with Wade with the team and it was a big part of the team's issues. Yes, they made it to Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but how they blend in the half court of big games moving forward will be the hump they will have to get over in order to win championships.

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Stoudemire is the first Knick to make All-NBA 2nd team since Patrick Ewing made it in 1996-97. It is his 5th All-NBA selection.

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Via Newsday
It seems like Donnie Walsh is treating the negotiations regarding his own future the way he handles most trades: slow and steady. From what I have heard from various sources, Walsh isn't as much angling for total control as he is for a more controlled environment for the players. Appearances with David Letterman and Regis are no big deal and it's not as much the crowds that gather around the court before games at MSG - the players actually like that because it creates a big-game buzz and atmosphere every night.?It's the madness that exists elsewhere, such as in the post-game locker room at the Garden, where visitors are mixed in with members of the media to create an environment unlike any other in the league.
I'm hearing very similar things...

And as far as the Dwight Howard stuff, I think we can all agree that the Lakers have the inside track there if Orlando wants a Shaq part 2 re-do, but if the Knicks were to take back a wretchedly bad contract like Arenas' then the Magic might listen.

I think I'd stay away from that one though. That's the worst contract in the NBA.

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I said the other day that right after the game is not the best time to ask players about coaches. Too much emotion.

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Via Bergen Record
Amar?e Stoudemire said today his injured back ?feels a little bit worse? than it did before he played Game 3 against the Celtics on Friday and ?has to get better? for him to play Sunday in Game 4.

?There?s definitely a risk? of further injury if he plays, the Knicks? big man said, but in the 26 hours from the time he spoke today to Sunday?s tip-off, he hopes to improve enough to play in a game that, if the Knicks lose, would end their season.

Obviously, long term injury makes no sense in a series down 3-0.
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Via Knicks PR

An MRI on Chauncey Billups' left knee confirmed a strained tendon. He is listed as questionable for Friday.

An MRI on Amar'e Stoudemire's back confirmed a pulled muscle. He is listed as day-to-day.

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I'm toying with this NBA statscube thing that I was directed to when was reading this Xs and Os take by KnicksVision. While Pierce's mid range game could be a factor, to me, the key is guarding Kevin Garnett in that area because a big that can pull another big away from the basket creates optimal space on offense. Patrick Ewing's jump shot, even Oakley's or Kurt Thomas' for that matter, were always critical to the Knicks success in the half court. In the NBA the court shrinks in the 1/2 court especially in the playoffs. A big who can shoot allows for space to be created from high above the floor, which can be as effective and proper lateral ball movement in finding an open jump shot.? See Tim Duncan using the backboard from many different angles.

Ideally, you'd like to force every player to the mid range area, seeing that players who specialize there are a commodity. In their only match up of the season, Pierce outperformed Melo on the offensive end when both were matched up together. Pierce is 4-6 vs 3-8 in the mid range area versus Melo. Also, down the stretch, overall Pierce looked to make passes when he was isolated, averaging 4 assists in the last 5 minutes of the game. Keep in mind about Melo that he posts up in the mid range area and uses his jump shots to set up drives to the basket.

What is obvious, or at least has been during the regular season match ups, is that Garnett enjoys the space Amar'e Stoudemire gives him when he is on the floor. The question becomes how often will STAT be guarding KG? If these numbers are any indication, you would hope not that many.

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This time last year I was an NBA analyst for a show on the Versus network and I remember thinking to myself and saying on the air (besides the Celtics are done if Rondo doesn't carry them) that Kevin Garnett's knees were shot. In another appearance I recall telling Amar'e Stoudemire to put up or shut up.

Stoudemire's playoffs last year didn't start out that great, but then he turned it on something fierce leading the Suns to a series win over the Blazers, a sweep of the Spurs and taking the Lakers to the limit in the Western Conference Finals. For the playoffs he averaged 22 points per game but didn't grab the rebounds he had in past playoff performances, something he will have to do this series in order for the Knicks to advance. For his career, Amar'e averages 24 points and 9 boards in this myriad of playoff appearances..

Now he faces a tremendous challenge in the form of Kevin Garnett, who, despite being on the south side of his career seems to be healthier than last year, which is always the biggest concern surrounding him and one that I had in the first round last year. Boy, was I wrong to count he and the Celts out last year, and it would be silly if I did it again this year.

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Congrats to Pav and finger point to Ghanem Daibes for the heads up...

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Then it shouldn't mean that much to fans either. Just be healthy.

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Via Alan Hahn
"It's been maybe the hardest month I've ever played in, maybe in my career," he said after Monday's game. "So many games, so many back-to-backs, then they threw in the makeup game in this month. So it was very, very tough. And on top of that, we're trying to get used to our new teammates, so it was a tough month for us. But hopefully we can cap it off against the Nets with a win."
Speaking of validation, this does somewhat validate those who aren't fans of Mike D'Antoni's burning the midnight oil rotation in terms of distributing minutes. But the schedule speaks for itself. Has that been the result of the poor play? March is a grind for all NBA players especially those trying to peak for when the playoffs start. That's the point. Part of being a playoff veteran is condition your body to be ready. Champions play until June and honestly, no one ever remembers March basketball in the NBA. I'm sure Amar'e is tired, but this month would have been exhausting even if he played 30 minutes per game.

Look at what Cleveland did last night to Miami. That's happened to the Knicks on several occasions.? March is that month where teams who didn't give the effort night in and night out every night can play catch up if they max out the effort. I think we can all agree the Knicks gave maximum effort the other night against the Magic, they need to continue to bring that until they clinch a playoff berth.

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All day I heard and read experts pontificating about the Knicks. They're clueless. They are lost. No chance they can "compete" and get out of the first round.

Problems addressed by said media folks, but solutions? Nada. "They better fix it soon" is not a solution.

Mike D'Antoni was NEVER GETTING FIRED THIS YEAR.

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Via Alan Hahn
This isn't Denver and this isn't Carmelo's team. He wasn't supposed to come here with that same set of rules. This was him joining Amar'e Stoudemire, him -- in his own words -- getting away from being the player who had to score 30 every night. This was him looking to play on a bigger stage and play for a bigger purpose.

So before this goes any further, before Melo starts in with the stubbornness that the Nuggets dealt with all too often, the stuff that once made George Karl irate and now makes him chuckle, Amar'e Stoudemire -- let's say he's the Jeter to Melo's A-Rod -- spoke up after what the Knicks have to hope was the lowest point of the post-trade era, the inexcusable 99-95 loss here to the Pistons.

Stoudemire restaked his claim as the team leader and the voice of the franchise when he called on Mike D'Antoni to go back to the system the Knicks employed before the trade rather than continue on with this plodding, predictable halfcourt game that D'Antoni surrendered to when Anthony arrived.

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Via KnicksNow

This Knicks fan draws images of Amar'e Stoudemire, the team's leader who has had a propensity of drawing technicals this year.

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Via ESPN
Stoudemire and Anthony were bantering and laughing about players on the Miami Heat crying after their loss earlier Sunday to the Chicago Bulls, with Stoudemire fingering Chris Bosh as the watery-eyed one (although Bosh, when asked by reporters in Miami whether he had cried, said he almost had but did not).?I heard Chris Bosh was crying tears,? Stoudemire said.

?Tears?? Anthony asked.

?Yeah, tears,? Stoudemire replied.

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Via Bergan Record
?We can?t expect to win games when we?re giving teams 119 points,?- Amar'e Stoudemire
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Harangody, Samuels and Hickson combined for 56 points and every time you looked up someone was knocking down a three pointer. Some were contested, most were pretty much wide open. When you get to that point it's incredibly frustrating to watch players take uncontested shots. There needs to be a shred more effort in a close out that takes the shot away and makes the offensive player go to the basket.

Stars get paid to win these games. What Melo and Amar'e have to learn now that the "Knicks are back" is that teams like the Cavs and players like Harangody and Samuels treat trips to the Garden as showcases. The Rangers deal with it all the time. Teams who play in sleepy NHL arenas get up to play at MSG so if you aren't you get exposed.

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Watch the way the Celtics get after it on defense. Then go look at the way the Knicks allowed open three-pointer after open three-pointer against the Bucks on Wednesday night, acting as if rotation on defense was suddenly against the law.

You don't think stars set a tone in sports? Watch the way Kevin Garnett plays both ends of the court every night, watch the way his defense filters down through the whole team. Watch the way Rajon Rondo gets up in the face of the other team's point guard now.- Mike Lupica today.

During Kevin Garnett's time in Minnesota, the Wolves managed to finish in the top 10 in defensive rating just one time. That year they were 6th and made it to the Western Conference Finals. The 06-07 season, KG's last in the Twin Cities, they won 33 games, mostly because Garnett had to spend too much time at center, which he often did, but at least when the Wolves were shocking the western conference Flip Saunders in 2005 he found 20 minutes for Michael Olowokandi and 15 for Mark Madsen. Madsen's roll and minutes declined as the Wolves played journeyman Mark Blount heavy minutes at center. Blount's presence didn't have the impact they hoped.

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Although the staple of Seven Seconds or Less is the pick and roll, its core is rapid ball movement and quick decisions. I don't have any numbers to back this up but I know from what I've seen since the day I started to watch him that Carmelo Anthony is far more comfortable in situations where he is in sets and can take his time and get to his spot on the floor. Now he has to learn how to do both, and it appears that he's struggling to do so.

In the first quarter, Melo was having a complete offensive game. Towards the end of the half Melo was featured completely on the perimeter and was forced to use his dribble. He could only manage two shot attempts in the quarter and was called for a charged where he forced action off the dribble too far from the basket.

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I just don't get it. How on earth have the Nets made a "better deal" than the Knicks when the Knicks also got Chauncey Billups? They didn't give up all those players FOR JUST MELO. Oh, and the Nets DID get ONE player back for a lot of their assets AND HE ISN'T SIGNED YET.

PER, TS%, these concepts are decently valid but rarely pass the NBA eye test. Watch NBA games. There are recipes to victories especially in the playoffs where we all know you throw calculators out the window: foul calls and timely hoops down the stretch. Melo had a +28 efficiency rating against Williams' Jazz in the playoffs last year. Why didn't the Nuggs win? Maybe because they had a back-up coach? Maybe because Kenyon Martin's dollar for dollar production and untradable contract restricted Melo from getting pieces around him?

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The Knicks are back at sea level, something that was always a very real possibility as they embarked on the difficult part of their schedule several weeks back. But the real truth is that there aren't any easy games in the NBA, especially when the Knicks have lost far too many winnable home games as it is.

Now Raymond Felton is saying he feels he knows what the problem is.

Raymond Felton is sick of the rumors, and he is tired of the speculation. And he doesn't want to hear any more about the potential Carmelo Anthony deal that has hung around the Garden like a specter over the past few weeks.

"That's the problem right now," a prickly Felton said after the Knicks' 113-96 blowout loss to the Lakers on Friday night. "It's just that it's being talked about too much."Is it an excuse? Yes. And there's no giving the Knicks a pass at this point if they are letting it become a distraction.? They are young but they have to deal with it and play hard.

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