By Tom Sheen

The NBA will return to London with the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks meeting at the O2 Arena on 15 January.

The Knicks, long one of basketball’s most popular teams this side of the pond, will return after last being in London in 2012, but as power forward Amare’e Stoudemire explains, the New York club are much changed from the team that beat the Detroit Pistons almost two years ago.

Stoudemire, now 31, was on that team but is one of just five players remaining on the Knicks’ roster for the new season. But more than changes on the court, New York have undergone massive changes off the court, with head coach Mike Woodson replaced by rookie coach Derek Fisher – who only finished playing last season – and legendary coach Phil Jackson the new General Manager.

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