Carmelo Anthony excited about Amar'e Stoudemire's new low-post game
Originally published: August 24, 2012 7:15 PM
Updated: August 24, 2012 8:30 PM
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He hasn't seen Amar'e Stoudemire bust out "The Dream Shake" yet, but Carmelo Anthony thinks Stoudemire's new post game could be a "deadly" weapon for the Knicks.
Stoudemire spent part of his summer working with Hakeem Olajuwon in Texas, getting some one-on-one tutelage in an attempt to become more adept at navigating down low. Just the thought of the added dimension that might give the Knicks' offense has Anthony beaming.
"It's not like he didn't have those moves. I guess he just didn't feel comfortable down there, or whatever it may be," Anthony said Friday during a break at his two-day youth camp at St. John's University. "But him going down there and putting me on the wing, now I get to play off of him rather than me going down there and him playing off of me, which could be a deadly weapon if it all works out."
Anthony is eager to see Stoudemire's updated offensive repertoire. "I haven't seen him," he said. "I've been looking for him, but I haven't see him yet. So I'm ready to see what he's added to his arsenal, and I'm excited . . . that he even went down there and started working with The Dream. So that's a big step forward."
Anthony said he's completely healthy and has tried to get a little rest since returning to the United States from London after Team USA's gold-medal showing at the Olympics. He had some brilliant performances at the Games, including a record-setting 37-point game against Nigeria, leading people to wonder if that success will carry over to the regular season.
That's his intention, though not in an individualistic sense.
"I'm excited just to get this thing going," Anthony said, "especially coming off the run I just had, the run we had with Team USA, how much fun we had, to put a team together and still be able to accomplish something with everybody on that team -- to bring that mentality here back to the New York Knicks, I'm excited about that.
"We've got guys on our team, veteran guys that you don't have to teach the game to. They already know the game. So it's just a matter of all of us putting it all together and making this run."
What the Knicks hope will be a run into June officially begins Nov. 1 at Barclays Center against the Nets. Just don't call it a rivalry with their crosstown opponent. Not at the moment, anyway.
"There's no rivalry between us and Brooklyn right now," Anthony said. "It starts on that first game. We'll see what happens with that first game. But as of right now, we are focused on ourselves. We are not really focused on nobody else."
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