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Amar'e talks about David Lee's return to MSG

Notes from shootaround on a 60-degree, sunny day in Milwaukee:

Amar’e Stoudemire might want to take it easy on David Lee when the two square off on Wednesday night in Lee’s return to Madison Square Garden.

Lee, you see, is Stoudemire’s landlord.

Stoudemire never got to play with Lee, but he is renting an apartment from the former Knick near the team’s Westchester practice facility.

“He had a couple places that he was looking to rent out and I found the perfect one near the practice center,” Stoudemire said on Tuesday before the Knicks played the Bucks at the Bradley Center. “So we’re pretty good friends.”

Stoudemire’s friend will likely get hugs from many Knicks and a rousing welcome from Garden fans before the game. Then he’ll become the enemy as the Knicks try to beat the Golden State Warriors.

Nothing personal.

“I’m not looking forward to 1-on-1 with David,” Stoudemire said. “He’s a solid player. He’s been doing a great job the past few years in the league. He’s on the rise. He’s playing well, works hard. He’s developed into a good player.

“I think he should get an ovation. He had a good career in New York, he definitely played hard every night. For him to come back to New York should be a pleasant surprise for the Knicks’ fans. I hope he has a good game.”


Stoudemire also had a reunion of sorts on Tuesday night with Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

It was Stoudemire, then with the Suns, who fouled Bogut on a dunk attempt last April 3. Bogut crashed to the Bradley Center floor with a broken right hand, dislocated right elbow and sprained right wrist. He missed the rest of the season.

“When he hit the ground, I knew it was pretty bad,” Stoudemire said. “It was something that bothered me for a long time.”

Stoudemire was charged with a flagrant foul, but Bogut held no ill will. In a Tweet two days after the injury, he wrote: [Stoudemire] should not take any blame. It was a freak of a thing that happened. Amar’e is a good sport.”



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