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Kelenna Azubuike ready to take the floor

The NBA season hasn't even started and there has been enough drama the past couple of months to last an entire season.

But all of the potential distractions and headaches surrounding the Knicks and the rest of the league has had little effect on newly acquired Kelenna Azubuike.

The fifth-year pro out of Kentucky, who was part of the sign-and-trade deal that sent David Lee to the Golden State Warriors last month, is ready to play.

"I'm really excited. I'm really anxious right now [to play]," Azubuike said after taking part in an autograph session with children at the Knicks Summer Basketball Camp at Brearley Field House Thursday. "That's my focus right now. Just to be able to get back on the court right now."

Azubuike played in just nine games last season because of a knee injury. 

"After missing last season, I'm just excited to get a chance to start playing again," he said.

Azubuike was a productive player in Golden State. He averaged a career-high, 14.4 points per and shot 45 percent from three-point range in 2008-2009. After playing in an un-tempo offense under Warriors' coach Don Nelson, it stands to reason Azubuike could thrive playing for Mike D'Antoni.

"He likes to run and he fits what I like to do...shoot threes and play a fast-paced game," Azubuike said.

With Amar'e Stoudemire in the paint and a quality point guard in Raymond Felton running the offense, Azubuike thinks the Knicks could be in store for some big moments.

"This a chance to turn the page with the Knicks and really try to make some noise this year," Azubuike said. "We have the guys on the team to do it...It's all about just putting it together."

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