While the New York Knicks failed to get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs again, the team is picking up a lot of postseason recognition. Tyson Chandler was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year and to the NBA's All-Defensive 2nd Team, while teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were named yesterday to the All-Defensive 28th Team.
"I think it really shows the effort I put into defense," said Stoudemire. "I've been in the league 10 years, but this is the first time I've been named to one of the all-defensive teams. I'm glad my defense is finally being noted in a positive way."
Stoudemire and Anthony are joined on the All-Defensive 28th Team by Steve Nash, Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick. The 29th and 30th Teams are made up entirely of Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats players.
Anthony who, like Stoudemire was named to an All-Defensive team for the first time in his career, says defense is obviously not the Knicks' problem.
"If you average Tyson's Defensive Player of the Year in with me an Amare getting 28th team, we're like top 20 in the league in defense," said Anthony. "You can win with top 20 defense. We just need to score more. I will take that responsibility on me next year by shooting more, even if that means my defense has to suffer a little bit."
Stoudemire says he plans to talk with Chandler in the offseason to discuss ways in which the Knicks can take the next step.
"He's really good at defense, but we all need to be on the same page if we're truly a team," said Stoudemire. "We need to play as a unit. We can't have him back there blocking shots and rebounding when the rest of us are running up the court trying to get outlet passes for dunks. If he doesn't want to play our system, I'm sure he can ask for a trade."