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Amar'e rooting for the Jets

Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire reacts to the crowd

Knicks center Amar'e Stoudemire reacts to the crowd after defeating the Bulls at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 25, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Amar'e Stoudemire recently shot a commercial where he attempts to knock Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis off his famous island. Revis comes back with his own commercial in which he has a group of 13-year-olds posterize Stoudemire. You can find both here: http://demoslam.com/

Stoudemire said he has known Revis for a few years and is also friends with Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards and tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The three have been seen at Knicks games this season and Stoudemire, who admitted he's really a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, said he's rooting for the Jets in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"If you play for a city, you should root for them, especially if you're friends with those guys," Stoudemire said. "But I'm also friends with Troy Polamalu so . . ."

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* - At the shootaround this morning, Mike D'Antoni revealed that he will go back to playing a big lineup, with Ronny Turiaf starting at center and Stoudemire sliding over to his natural position at power forward. This comes days after D'Antoni said he felt Stoudemire at center and Wilson Chandler at power forward was the team's best lineup. Instead, Chandler will go to the bench and D'Antoni wouldn't go into detail as to why he chose to make Chandler a sub rather than Danilo Gallinari, saying "We've discussed the reasons and I'd rather not play it out in the papers, but Wilson's come off the bench and it has not affected him and you don't know if it's going to affect the other guys." That seems to suggest D'Antoni had concerns about how Gallinari would take coming off the bench. Another option would be to send Landry Fields to the bench and go with Chandler as the shooting guard, but that would be tough against Manu Ginobili.

Still, it's worth noting that the group that beat the Spurs at the Garden on Jan. 4 included Chandler as the small forward. Gallinari did not play in that game because of his knee sprain. Of course you can expect D'Antoni will have Chandler in the game for his usual 30-plus minutes and, I'm sure, he'll be out there with the other four starters at some point.

And the five-man unit D'Antoni will start tonight is the least successful out of any group used by an NBA team with a winning record this season. That comes according to a story on NBA.com by John Shuhmann, who notes that Felton-Fields-Gallinari-Stoudemire-Turiaf has been outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions in 108 minutes together.

Coincidentally, according to 82games.com, one of the most successful five-man units the Knicks play is when Stoudemire is at center with Chandler and Gallinari at forward. That group is plus-74 against its opponent in 475 minutes, while the one with Turiaf at center and Gallinari at small forward is minus-23 in 105.6 minutes. To prove small-ball really does work for the Knicks, one of their other successful groups is Felton with Douglas in the backcourt, with Fields, Chandler and Stoudemire at forward. That group is plus-20 in 72.1 minutes this season.

* - Stoudemire tried out some new eye protection in the shoot-around. They are Nike-designed goggles with a strap that goes around his head to keep them in place. Stoudemire's current glasses -- while, as he told David Letterman, are stylish -- routinely get knocked out of place. The glasses, which you can see via my twitpic from the arena, are a cross between Steve Urkel and the Hanson Brothers from the hockey movie, Slapshot (He should put some white tape on the bridge for an added effect).

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