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You could hear a pin drop.
When Carmelo Anthony fell to the ground with what thankfully turned out to be a minor knee injury, the entire gym held their collective breath as the Knicks’ hopes of the ’11-12 season laid on the hardwood in pain. As Melo went back to the training room and practiced resumed, the focused turned back to basketball as the Knicks proceeded to scrimmage and work on drills.
The first thing that jumped out was the great shape everybody showed up to camp in. Guys were getting up and down the court with ease and didn’t have their hands on their knees during stoppage of play for teaching points. Amar’e Stoudemire was looking bigger and stronger than he has in his entire career and claims to have grown to 6-11 in the extended offseason. There seemed to be no issues with his back and looked to be much more comfortable playing his more natural position of power forward and believes playing the 4 will help the Knicks defensively.
“I’ve never really played the 4 on a consistent basis during my career and that’s my natural position,” said Stoudemire. “And now having Tyson back there with me, it’s going to work to our advantage… it’s going to be great. With the lineup we have in the backline, we feel like we’re going to be great competitors defensively. That’s the No. 1 goal for us right now: to become better defensively and be known as a defensive team.”
Now paired with Tyson Chandler in the front court, the Knicks have arguably the most formidable center/power forward tandem in the League.
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