The Knicks Blog Podcast: Training Camp begins…

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton are pumped up for the start of training camp. The guys welcome Hard 2 Guard’s Edgar Burgos into the studio for his take on this year’s team. Plus, ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk calls in from Knicks training camp at West Point.

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  • Media Day reaction
  • Hard 2 Guard’s Edgar Burgos stops by (4:30)
  • ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk calls in (20:45)
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Fisher has a plan to protect Stoudemire’s knees

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

On the first day of Derek Fisher’s first training camp as head coach of the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire participated for the first two hours and then stood on the sideline watching his teammates run drills for the last portion of practice.

STATFisher says he has a plan to rest the 31-year-old Stoudemire and his surgically repaired knees during practice throughout the season so as to maximize his playing time during games. Stoudemire mentioned a 35-minute limit per game on Monday during Media Day.

“He was with us for the first two hours today and then the last 30 minutes [he wasn't],” Fisher said at Christl Arena on the campus of West Point. “We have a great plan that we have in place for how we want to manage Amar’e, so he’s available to us every night this year. That’s a goal of ours. He played I want to say 67 or 68 games last year, missed some games with an ankle injury and the flu, and so without those things he probably he would’ve played 70-plus games. Part of it today was monitoring his level. We got to that point where we felt like it was time to pull him out. He’ll be back in there with us tonight and tomorrow and we feel that’s the best way to approach it.”

Stoudemire is entering the final year of a five-year, $100-million deal where his expiring contract is a valuable asset. He played in 65 games last year, averaging 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. He seemed to come on strong toward the end of the year after former coach Mike Woodson managed his minutes and limited him in back-to-backs, but then allowed him to play more down the stretch.

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Cleanthony Early already feels right at home with Knicks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

After making positive contributions and showing flashes of promise at NBA Summer League this offseason, Cleanthony Early is ready to embark on his rookie campaign. He hopes that such success will translate to the hardwood during the regular season.

Early showed an ability to score the basketball at Wichita State. But, as a New York Knick, he’ll simply be expected to provide high-octane energy. He’ll have to rebound the ball and help keep the team afloat while serving as Carmelo Anthony’s backup. Any offense he provides off the pine will still be a much-welcomed bonus, of course.

USATSI_8115454_110579513_lowresIt’s clear Early, who Anthony referred to as “a steal” in this summer’s NBA Draft, can do plenty of the little things quite well. Still, there’s pressure to succeed in the Big Apple.

With that in mind, it’s a good thing the rookie forward feels right at home.

“I’m playing in my hometown. It’s not just ‘close.’ I’m right here,” Early said at media day on Monday. “This is going to be great. I’m going to have most of my supporters here in New York. A lot of people want to see me do good. I’m a [prideful] guy. I’m just ready to get things going.”

Early is originally from Middletown, New York.

He added, “I was excited on draft day, especially to be back home. I feel like I can help contribute. I have a winning attitude and a great work ethic. I’m always trying to learn new things and get better.”

When asked about his feel for the team so far, Early gave a little insight as to the few things the Knicks have been doing/discussing early on.

“The focus is on defense and just coming together as a team,” the forward said. “That’s been the focus both on and off the court. It’s about executing and doing what we have to do, being professional, and just going about our business.”

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GEICO SportsNite: Melo at Media Day

At Knicks Media Day on Monday, Carmelo Anthony discussed committing his future to New York, and SNY’s Kerith Burke and Knicks Insider Frank Isola break down the upcoming season.

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Melo says he has ‘unfinished business’ in New York

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony flirted with the Chicago Bulls, the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, among others, during his brief time this summer as a free agent.

But in the end, Melo said he signed a five-year, $124-million deal to remain with the Knicks because he felt he still has work to doNBA: New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls here.

“I kind of forced my way here to New York and I have some unfinished business to take care of,” he said Monday at Knicks’ Media Day, conceding that he “forced” his way out of Denver and to New York in the 2011 trade. “I wouldn’t have felt right just getting up and leaving like that.”

The Knicks haven’t won an NBA title in 42 years and they haven’t been past the second round of the playoffs in Anthony’s tenure here. A year ago, the team won just 37 games and former coach Mike Woodson lost his job as a result. To read more of this story, click here

Five burning questions surrounding the Knicks entering training camp

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Beginning Tuesday, first-time head coach Derek Fisher and the new-look New York Knicks will head to West Point Academy for training camp, embarking on their first full season under the Phil Jackson regime.

But first, players will meet with reporters on Monday for the team’s annual media day at the training facility in Westchester. With the season almost here, let’s take a look at five of the more burning questions New York will face…

1) How will Derek Fisher do as head coach?

$25 million is undoubtedly a pretty penny to pay for someone who has never coached (and was still on the hardwood mere months ago, for that matter). Still, Jackson and the Knicks appear to have faith in the five-time NBA champion.

Derek FIsher announced as CoachWill Fisher and his staff have an easy enough time teaching the ins and outs of the triangle offense to Carmelo Anthony and co.? Will he be able to motivate a wild child like J.R. Smith? Can Fisher hold his own and be an independent (and respected) voice in the locker room, even as Jackson likely hovers and attempts to impose his own preachings? These are some of the challenges the first-time coach will face.

2) Will Carmelo Anthony rise up as a leader and improve his overall game? 

Anthony may truly be one of the game’s best scorers (not to mention, best players), but the fact of the matter remains that he failed to lead his team to the playoffs last season, with the year ending in rather frustrating fashion.

This summer, the star forward made the decision to return to the Big Apple. He’ll now embark on a newly revamped quest for a championship with the likes of Jackson and Fisher in town.

Surely, a return to greatness won’t happen overnight. This will be a process, likely a long journey at that. But of course, just how much of an expedited route New York ends up taking not only revolves around Anthony’s ability to buy into the system/philosophy, but also his ability to influence the teammates around him and make them better players.

A gifted offensive player known for carrying the scoring load for his team, Anthony will no longer simply be depended on to take the ball to the hole. Instead, he’ll need to improve his instincts and understand when to turn up the heat offensively, spread the floor and/or look for his teammates in transition and share the ball. Anthony is likely to be a hub for the basketball on offense, but the ball certainly shouldn’t simply start and finish with him, either.

3) Will the Knicks be able to motivate J.R. Smith?

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