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D'Antoni: Knicks closer to championship

Updated: February 23, 2011, 7:37 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- To Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, the math is simple: two NBA stars are better than one.

D'Antoni said on Tuesday that it was "tough" to part with four of his regulars in the blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony on Monday night. But D'Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh said they ultimately felt they had to pull the trigger because it gave them two star players in a league that's often driven by star power.

"There's not many times in this league that you can get ...

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