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Stoudemire: Knicks are ready to compete in the East and at The O2!

The New York Knicks had an indifferent season in 2013/14 with the team failing to reach the play-offs.

However the re-signing of Carmelo Anthony gave the team an off-season boost as they look to bounce back from what they must regard as a disappointing campaign.

The Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 Arena in January as part of the NBA Global Games and ahead of tickets going on sale on October 31st, Amar'e Stoudemire spoke to the media.

Stoudemire was in confident mood as he spoke of the positivity around the Knicks camp, with the new NBA season starting today.

He said: "I'm truly blessed to play this game at the highest level, my goal is to improve as a player and reach my full potential, it's been my goal since I was 19 years old and i'm still striving to achieve that."


"We're focusing on becoming a better basketball team and everything is going well."

"There's a sign of respect there [with new coach Derek Fisher) as players we are tuned in to making his job easier."

"I would love to say we're going to start off great this season but you never know, for the most part, we're putting forward the effort, I feel after a few weeks we should be improving."

The Knicks played at The O2 Arena a few years ago when they beat the Detroit Pistons with an MVP performance from Stoudemire's teammate Anthony.

And the 6-time NBA All-star is looking forward to playing with Carmelo again this season and at The O2 next year.

He said: "Having Carmelo re-sign is a positive as now we have our top scorer back with us."

"I enjoy playing in London, I wish we could play there every single season, it's the commissioners job to deal with that but I enjoy playing here."

"We're coming to win, we want to have fun, enjoy the town and the people, our main objective is to win."

What about a potential NBA franchise in London? Well Stoudemire believes if the audience is there it could well be a possibility.

He said: "I'm sure the commissioner is taking a look at how the fans appreciate it and hopefully if it keeps growing, we'll see what happens."

The Milwaukee Bucks host the New York Knicks at The O2 in London on Jan. 15 as part of the NBA Global Games London 2015. Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at www.theo2.co.uk/nba2015

The NBA starts tonight with the first week available free via NBA League Pass

You can also watch live NBA games on BT Sport and ESPN in the UK!

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