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Amar'e Stoudemire Denies Comments on Knicks Tenure Were About Carmelo Anthony

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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire stated Tuesday that his previous comments about his teammates during his time with the New York Knicks had nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony.

Ian Begley of ESPN passed along the response from Stoudemire, who had remarked about some players being unhappy with Jeremy Lin's sudden rise to fame and the triangle offense's lack of success. He said he reached out to Anthony to make sure they were on the same page.

"I've never mentioned his name once. We're close friends, family," Stoudemire said. "Our kids were born a couple months apart. Our wives are very close friends. He knows I wasn't talking about him."  

Anthony confirmed after the Knicks' blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night that he spoke with his former teammate about the situation. That said, he didn't want to get into specifics about the conversation, according to ESPN.

"I don't really want to waste any time on that. What's understood don't need to be spoken upon," Anthony said. "... Me and Amar'e got an understanding. We spoke, and that's that."

Andrew Keh of the New York Times provided the statements from Stoudemire last week, which raised questions about who he was calling out.

On the triangle offense: "I think maybe three-fourths of the team thought it was great. But if you don't have a full team that buys into a system, it's never going to pan out."

On Linsanity in 2012: "If he stayed, it would have been cool, but everyone wasn't a fan of him being the new star, so he didn't stay long. A lot of times, you've got to enjoy someone else's success, and that wasn't the case for us during that stretch."

Although Stoudemire claims those remarks weren't about Anthony, he didn't clarify who they were directed toward. The 2011-12 Knicks squad did have a couple of other big names in J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler, but he didn't call them out by name, either.

Ultimately, this situation should pass without any further drama. It's not a big deal, and the players talked about it privately. But it does raise further questions about Anthony and his relationship with teammates, which could cause problems for the Knicks trying to recruit other high-profile players.

New York has only won a single playoff series since he arrived during the 2010-11 campaign. So anytime somebody speaks out about that lack of success, he's the obvious target, even if that's not the intended reaction, as Stoudemire claimed.

 

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