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Carmelo Anthony likely to start at power forward against Heat

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks attempts

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks attempts a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony originally didn't want to play power forward this season, but there's a good chance he will start there Friday night.

Mike Woodson wouldn't reveal his starters against the Heat, but Miami plays three forwards up front: LeBron James, Shane Battier and Chris Bosh. Woodson is expected to counter with Anthony, Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler, with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd in the backcourt. Amar'e Stoudemire would start at power forward if he were healthy, but he is out six to eight weeks after undergoing a left knee debridement. After Stoudemire got hurt, Anthony said he expected to slide over, and he's fine with it. The Knicks were 10-5 when Anthony started at power forward last season.

After Friday night, the Knicks play a back-to-back against Philadelphia, starting Sunday afternoon at the Garden. If the 76ers start small, as they did in their opener, Anthony could stay at power forward. If Philadelphia goes more conventional, Kurt Thomas could start there.

"That's the beauty of this team," Kidd said. "We got guys who can play multiple positions."

Camby available

Marcus Camby, who was out more than three weeks with a strained left calf, will be available Friday night, but Woodson isn't sure if he will play Camby because "he hasn't really had any court time."

Camby said he was close to joining the Heat during the summer. He was getting ready to fly to Miami to visit with the Heat when Knicks officials Woodson, Glen Grunwald and Allan Houston went to Houston and sold him on signing.

"I wanted to come here and help Melo get a championship," Camby said. "Seeing all those guys in that [2003] draft class, he might not say it, but those guys getting a ring, I know he wants one." Camby was referring to James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Home away from home

If the opener scheduled for Thursday night in Brooklyn hadn't been postponed, Camby believes there would have been more Knicks fans than Nets fans there. He was asked about playing at the Garden Friday night and said, "Well, it was going to be a home game for us , too."


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