By Steve Popper

For days leading up to Saturday’s meeting with the winless Sixers, the Knick players had heard from the coaches about the desperation they would face from the no-name team, about the fight that they could expect as the only way that an undermanned roster could compete.

But as the game wore on it became clear that the most desperate player, the one playing with a rage, was a 32-year-old nearing the end of his career with more than $100 million already banked.

“I was the hungry young man out there tonight,” Amar’e Stoudemire said afterward with a smile.

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