Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire hope to win a championship this season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
As the New York Knicks prepare for the upcoming season, the health of their superstars will ultimately determine how far they will go in pursuit of an elusive championship.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said it is difficult to watch teammate and fellow All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire struggle with knee injuries that have plagued him for most of his career.
Stoudemire played just 29 games last season because of two separate knee surgeries. He will sit out the first three games of the preseason but hopes to be ready for the team's season opening game Oct. 30 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
"As a friend, it's hard for me to sit back and act like it doesn't bother me because I know how hard of a worker he is [and] I know the time that he puts in the gym to train and rehab," Anthony said via ESPN.com. "To see him go forward and then take some steps back every time, it's just sad."
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"Because one day he's here with us and another day he's back rehabbing and training and trying to get right," Anthony said. "I think for him, I'd rather see him get back all the way right."