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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Amare: MSG is the new Staples Center

By Ian Begley

Move over, Tinseltown.
 
With Carmelo Anthony in the fold, Amare Stoudemire thinks Madison Square Garden will replace the Staples Center as the place for stars to watch basketball.
 
“It’s going to be great. It’s the new Staples Center, if I can say that, because you know L.A. is known for having all of the stars there,” Stoudemire said on Tuesday. “I think New York is going to take over that stardom stage.”
 
Anthony is expected to make his Knicks debut on Wednesday night at the Garden as the Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks. (All 13 players involved in the three-team megadeal that sent Anthony to the Knicks need to pass physicals before any player can take the court for his new team.)
 
If Anthony suits up, Stoudemire expects the Garden to be in its early 1990s form on Wednesday.
 
“It’s going to be great,” said Stoudemire, who reported that his sprained right toe was sore after he played in Sunday's All-Star Game. 

Stoudemire said the injury was "fine" so it is unlikely to affect his status for Wednesday's game.  Stoudemire missed the game against the Nets on Feb. 12 with the injury.
 
MELO AND AMARE THEME SONG? Also on Tuesday, Stoudemire said he may call rapper Wiz Khalifa to create a remix to his hit “Black and Yellow”

"Call it 'Amare and Melo,'" Stoudemire said with a laugh.