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08:11 AM ET 03.15 | Mike D'Antoni is trying to head off trouble in New York. D'Antoni knows a red-flag loss when he sees one, which is why the Knicks' head coach spent part of Monday's practice addressing Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. He spoke to the team's top three players individually about everything from playing with more energy, ball movement, defensive intensity and ball movement again just in case 'Melo didn't hear it the first time. "We've got to stress ball movement, especially early in the shot clock," D'Antoni said. "And I told them, at the end of the 24 seconds that's where their superstardom comes into play. You get them the ball they'll get you a shot. But before that we have to play as a team, move the ball and get to our spots."

New York Daily News

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March 15, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Not too long ago, someone wanted this current team to play the Miami Heat every night. Wonder how that fan feels now.

March 15, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Well ball movement has been a problem with Melo going back 8 seasons now...How does Denvers ball movement look now...

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March 15, 2011  08:35 AM ET
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Sounds like he is learning a lesson from watching the Heatles improve.

Them and the Nets, the best that rubles can buy.

March 15, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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Not too long ago, someone wanted this current team to play the Miami Heat every night. Wonder how that fan feels now.

That fans feels great. I don't care if we lose to Cleveland and Indiana. If Knicks draw Miami it's a wrap.

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March 15, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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That fans feels great. I don't care if we lose to Cleveland and Indiana. If Knicks draw Miami it's a wrap.

Well, at least you are honest. The season isn't what people expected.

March 15, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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For NY fans sake even the ones who love Dumbtonie too much, Dumbtonie has to go...

All the next coach is going to do is just slow the tempo of the game down and all scoring will go down and everyone will think the guy is getting to play d...Anyway it goes their two best players play little D and one isnt even interested in it.....

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March 15, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Melo to D'Antoni ..... Ball movement? ..... that's dribbling right ...

D'Antoni ..... NO, Melo it's Passing ....

Melo .... Oh, you mean Shooting ....

D'Antoni .... NO, passing the ball to Amare ....

Melo .... but, Amare would not pass it back to ME! ....

 
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