By Fred Kerber
“In our system, it’s not so much about the position. Our wing players do the same things on both sides of the floor, our offense is new,” coach Derek Fisher said. “So it just depends on what’s ultimately best for the team.”
Still, Carmelo Anthony forecasts himself as primarily a small forward after playing a lot of power forward for two years. The Knicks’ best moments last season came late in the campaign, when Amar’e Stoudemire started at power forward with Anthony at small forward flanking since-departed center Tyson Chandler.
“It’s going great with Melo playing the 3, his natural position, myself playing the 4 or the 5,” Stoudemire said of preseason work.
“So it can work out great for us.”Stoudemire started 21 games last season — all within the final 26 games of a disappointing 37-45 campaign. And the Knicks were 14-6 in those starts with a conventional big lineup.
“We’ve got some versatile players,” Stoudemire said. “Myself, Carmelo, we have guys that can play a lot of different positions. So a traditional lineup, what is that? According to our roster, we don’t even know what that is or what that means. But I do think with the guys we have, we feel very confident we can get the job done.”
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