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Knicks' focus now on Anthony, Stoudemire

March 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Mike Woodson, the interim head coach of the New York Knicks, is focusing on Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire as he takes charge of the team.

Woodson's work with the Knicks at their training site in Greenburgh, N.Y., has worked on plays centering on the two stars instead of the democratic approach favored by former Coach Mike D'Antoni, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Woodson indicated that guard Jeremy Lin, who had a sensational run under D'Antoni, would have a less prominent role in the future.

"Red Holzman [former Knicks coach] taught me that rookies ought to sit, listen and learn," Woodson said, referring to his first year with the team in 1980-81.

Anthony, speaking Thursday, downplayed last week's rumors of a trade.

"I wasn't planning to go anywhere," Anthony said. "If I'm the one who messed [D'Antoni's] system up, ya'll want to blame me, I'll take it. Along with everything else. Of course they blame it on me."

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