Miami Heat big man Amar’e Stoudemire has denied comments he recently made to The New York Times about Jeremy Lin and the decline of the New York Knicks’ shortly after he left were targeted at current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
Speaking to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald, Stoudemire lashed out at the speculation, saying that he and Anthony’s families were still close and on great terms.
“I never mentioned his name once,” Stoudemire said Wednesday. “We’re close friends, family. Our kids were born a couple months apart. Our wives are very close friends. He knows I wasn’t talking about him.”
Stoudemire and Anthony enjoyed brief success with the Knicks together, getting as far as the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2013, but that glory was shortlived as the Knicks took a turn for the worse shortly thereafter. Anthony eventually re-signed with the Knicks, and Stoudemire was bought out last season.
However, though Stoudemire himself has denied any discontent between himself and his former teammate, the following tweets from Anthony suggest otherwise.
That said, is Stoudemire just playing the positive PR card while Anthony is speaking the very vague truth? It’s simply unknown.
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