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Amar’e Stoudemire clears air with Carmelo Anthony

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Miami Heat tries

Amar'e Stoudemire of the Miami Heat tries to drive against Robin Lopez of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in New York City. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony cleared the air Tuesday morning.

Stoudemire called his former teammate to talk about his comments Sunday that were perceived to be shots at Anthony. Stoudemire said he wasn’t calling out Anthony, and was surprised it was seen that way.

“I never mentioned his name once,” Stoudemire told Miami reporters. “We’re close friends, family. Our wives are very close friends. He knows I wasn’t talking about him.”

Stoudemire posted something on Instagram directed at Anthony in which he said the “media is full of dirty tricks.”

When asked about the conversation, Anthony said, “I don’t really want to waste any time on that. What’s understood don’t need to be spoken upon.”

Before Sunday’s game, Stoudemire was asked whether he felt for Anthony amid the Knicks’ struggles. He said, “You have to become a complete player in order to bring your team out of a rut. Everyone can’t do it.”

Stoudemire also was asked about Jeremy Lin and said, “everyone wasn’t a fan of him being a new star.” Many took it as if Stoudemire was referring to Anthony.

Anthony posted three cryptic things Monday on Twitter and Instagram that was directed at Stoudemire.

“What’s understood don’t need to be spoken upon,” Anthony said of his posts. “Me and Amar’e got an understanding. We spoke, and that’s that.”

Afflalo relieved

Arron Afflalo never had any knee issues so he was relieved when Monday’s MRI came back negative. There’s still some swelling in his left knee, and he was sore, but he returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game.

Afflalo also has a bruised right thigh, and said his right calf and left elbow have been bothering him too.

Knick nacks

Jimmer Fredette’s 10-day contract is set to expire Wednesday. If he doesn’t get a second 10-day deal, former 76ers guard Tony Wroten and former Spur point guard Ray McCallum are candidates to be signed. The Knicks reportedly met with Wroten last week . . . Interim coach Kurt Rambis was asked about point guard Ty Lawson, who was bought out by Houston. He said “there’s a lot of names that have been bantered about. That’s kind of management . . . Those are all names that have all come up. It’s kind of their decision.”

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