The cancellation of the first two weeks of the NBA season means it will be even longer before Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are seen again in Knicks uniforms. But neither player is likely to follow what is expected to be a mass exodus of NBA players into European leagues as the lockout continues to wipe out regular-season games.
"I haven't made a decision," Anthony said in an interview Tuesday with GQ magazine. "I've been keeping hope; hopefully we get something done. But every day I hear something different. I haven't made a decision yet."
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Stoudemire, who made the rounds on ESPN while promoting the release of his new signature Nike sneaker, said playing overseas "definitely should be considered" but suggested that it might not be the right one for him.
"For a lot of guys it's a smart move," Stoudemire said on ESPN's "First Take." "For some of us, it's better to stay here."
"I mean going overseas, it won't even feel right," Anthony said. "Someone like Tony Parker is already from a different country [France]. So it's like going back home, they're used to playing there. We're not."
Both stars are back in New York this week. Anthony is attempting to put together a star-studded charity game in New York City similar to the ones he has played in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Miami with LeBron James and Chris Paul. Stoudemire still has plans to bring all of his Knicks teammates together for a minicamp at the IMG Facility in Bradenton, Fla., but once again has pushed back the dates. He had sent emails to fellow Knicks players to arrive on Oct. 19, but now the plan is to make it later in the month or early November, depending on where the collective bargaining talks are at that point.
Meanwhile, Anthony already has hinted at adding a third star to the Knicks' mix once the lockout ends.
"I have my pick," Anthony said. "I can't really verbalize that."
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