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Carmelo Anthony (left) and Amar'e Stoudemire
While there are plenty of residual effects from the Knicks' offseason, the biggest training camp story is an old one: Will Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire be able to play together?
According to The New York Times, it doesn't look pretty. People from all walks of NBA life are sounding off on the issue. Former All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber are skeptical, as are management guys like Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr. Knicks great and MSG analyst Walt Frazier broached the subject of playing Melo and Amar'e apart more to give each a comfort zone.
Ultimately, they're all correct. Anthony and Stoudemire are both in New York because they are star players. They have proven themselves and their respective games, and they won't be able to change overnight. Playing them apart more will help maximize their strengths, but that's not a full solution.
If Melo and Amar'e can't play together, the Knicks won't win a title. It's that simple. Maybe a full offseason with Woodson will yield results Mike D'Antoni could not get due to the lockout. Maybe these guys weren't made to play together and this Knicks team will always come up short. Until the opening tip on November 1st, nobody really knows anything.
Nevertheless, only one thing is certain right now: Knicks fans are dying for some answers.