New York Knicks won't try to trade for Phoenix Suns' star Amare Stoude

Mitch Lawrence

Here’s what you learned going to the Garden Tuesday night: The
Timberwolves aren’t as good as their 9-37 record indicates, and the
Knicks aren’t going to join the Amare Stoudemire sweepstakes.

"It’s up to us to keep this going for another 35 to 40 games, whatever
it is," said Mike D’Antoni after his team’s 132-105 victory. "Every
once in a while, there should be an egg laid, but it can’t be very

D’Antoni’s team laid a big egg Sunday, getting hammered by the Mavs by 50. Makes you wonder what the final margin would have been if Jason Kidd had played. This one wasn’t as one-sided, but it was not competitive from the opening tip.

"It’s definitely tough when you’re losing," said Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn, the former Syracuse star who had a nightmare of a game with as many turnovers as points (six), while missing eight of 11 shots.

Flynn can expect another long night Wednesday, as the T-Wolves will be in Cleveland to take on LeBron James. Only a Cavs-Nets game would provide a bigger mismatch. "You’re not only losing, you’re not even in games," Flynn said of his rookie season. "That’s something a lot of us are not used to. So you just have to use it as fuel and try to get past it."

Enough about the game.

This was a night to seek out Knicks president Donnie Walsh to pop the big question: Are you getting into the Stoudemire sweepstakes?

Across the Hudson, the Nets are trying to work a deal for Stoudemire because they’re resigned to the fact that they’re not going to be able to get James or Dwyane Wade this summer. That’s the word from inside the Meadowlands, anyway. On this side of the Hudson, the Knicks aren’t going to be players, from the looks of it. "I haven’t talked to them," Walsh said. "Maybe now I will."

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