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The Carmelo Bowl, Preseason edition

Which team would be a better situation for Carmelo to step into this season? 

No, you can't say neither.

There really isn't much of a rivalry here between these two teams, but they are certainly contending for Melo. The Nets came close to landing the three-time all-star from the Nuggets before training camp, but the deal fell through. The Knicks are hoping to convince the Nuggets to engage in talks before the trade deadline, but would prefer Melo just go into free agency so they can sign him without giving up anything off the roster.

Meanwhile, the billboard is gone from the building on 34th and 8th -- the "Blueprint for Success" mural which featured Jay-Z and new owner Mikhail Prokhorov didn't go over well at 2 Penn Plaza -- but Timofey Mozgov has worked his way into the starting lineup for the Knicks, who like the idea that they swiped the 7-1 Russian right out of Prokhorov's backyard.

The Nets, of course, have a more established player in Brook Lopez at center and I'm sure they're quite happy with that.

 Mike D'Antoni said Friday's game in Montreal against the Raptors will be somewhat of a "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, so we might get a glimpse of the rotation then. Tonight against the Nets we'll at least see what appears to be the starting lineup he'll go with come opening night, with Felton, Chandler, Gallinari, Stoudemire and Mozgov as the five.

It will likely look different tomorrow night in Philadelphia, as Stoudemire is expected to take the second game of the back-to-back off. You might see Anthony Randolph slide into the starting power forward spot against the 76ers.

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