Notes: Chandler's new hat; Lin anniversary
February, 5, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Tyson Chandler may have etched his name in the Knicks' record books on Monday with his third straight 20-rebound game, but it wasn't all good for the Knicks' center.
Chandler, a 49ers fan, lost a bet with Carmelo Anthony, a Baltimore Ravens fan, after Baltimore beat San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
The result? Chandler had to wear a Ravens hat during postgame interviews on Monday.
"This is not my team, this is Carmelo's team. But they won, so congratulations to the Ravens and all their fans," Chandler begrudgingly said at the begging of his post-game interview.
"That made my day, you just don't know," Anthony said. "That made my day."
ANNIVERSARY OF LIN: A year ago Monday, Jeremy Lin emerged off the end of the Knicks' bench to lead them to a win over the Nets, beginning a phenomenon known as Linsanity.
Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsAmar'e Stoudemire's strong play continued, scoring 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting against the Pistons.
Players were asked about the difference between that run and this year's team, which is 31-15.
"I don't think we'll see that again for a long time, how much that took off," Anthony said. "Right now, the way we’re playing as a team, what we’ve been doing for the whole season so far, we’re doing a great job."
AMAR'E SAYS FORGET ABOUT LAST YEAR: Amar'e Stoudemire wants to put an asterisk on last season. He came into the year with added muscle on his frame after injuring his back and struggled throughout the year, averaging just 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds a game, near career-lows in both categories.
Stoudemire feels like a different player this year since coming back from arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 1.
"I feel great, I feel (like I did) the first year I was here," Stoudemire said. "I feel healthy, I feel strong."
Stoudemire's strong play continued on Monday.
He had 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting and three rebounds against Detroit. He has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.