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Carmelo Anthony is promising to shoot less and share more. Amar'e Stoudemire, following a summer at the back-to-the-basket private academy of Hakeem Olajuwon, vows to post up more. Can the two stars who failed to find chemistry last year adapt? One change that's a certainty in New York: no more Linsanity. The Knicks let Jeremy Lin leave for Houston, opting for 39-year-old Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton.
New York's plan is to turn back the pages to a more successful era. Bringing in defensive-minded big men Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas to play alongside Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler recalls the rugged style of Jeff Van Gundy and gives the Knicks hope of reincarnating their old hard-nosed mentality. Big bodies will help—they are one thing the Heat, which bounced New York in the first round, lacks—but the team's fortunes rest with the point guards, who must bring out the best in Anthony and Stoudemire when they're on the floor together.
COACH: Mike Woodson (2nd season with Knicks)
2011--12 RECORD: 36--30 (2nd in Atlantic)
OFFENSE: 97.8 ppg (11th)
DEFENSE: 94.7 ppg (11th)
PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE: 26.5 ppg (T-9th)
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE
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