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Friday, September 14, 2012
Melo: Amare and I laugh off criticism

By The Associated Press

Carmelo Anthony is in Puerto Rico to unveil remodeled basketball courts at a public housing complex and play a bit of softball with celebrity friends.

During the unveiling in San Juan, Anthony said he was looking forward to bonding with the Knicks' new and younger players and dismissed criticism that he and Amare Stoudemire don't work well together.

"We sit in the locker room (and) laugh about all the comments," he said.

The five-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist said the Knicks also are mourning the departure of point guard Jeremy Lin, who joined the Houston Rockets in July.

"I know it was kind of hard for the Knicks to let him go," Anthony said. "(The Rockets) played the free agents' market to a T."

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