Amar'e: I wasn't talking about Melo, we're 'family'

Amar’e Stoudemire now claims that he and Carmelo Anthony are “family” and not feuding.

On Tuesday, Stoudemire denied that critical comments he made on Sunday were directed at his former teammate, and he said he even called Anthony to clear the air.

“I never mentioned his name once,” Stoudemire told reporters in Miami. “We’re close friends, family. Our kids were born a couple of months apart. Our wives are very close friends. He knows I wasn’t talking about him.”

Said Anthony: “What’s understood don’t need to be spoken upon. Me and Amar’e got an understanding. We spoke, and that’s that.”

The controversy started on Sunday when Stoudemire, playing at the Garden for the first time in over a year, insinuated that Anthony isn’t a leader and that he was responsible for running Jeremy Lin out of town.

“He was becoming a star,” Stoudemire said of Lin, “and I didn’t think everyone was pleased with that.”

When he was asked about Anthony likely missing the playoffs for a third straight season, Stoudemire added: “You get involved in this situation, you have to take ownership of it. Ownership has to be make sure you make the right decisions for your team and teammates. You have to become a complete player to bring your team out of a rut. And everyone can’t do it. It’s not always easy.”

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Stoudemire (r.) returns to the Garden with the Heat on Sunday.

Anthony’s response came on Monday with a series of tweets in which he also didn’t mention Stoudemire by name but appeared to be referring to the player whose contract was bought out last year.

One of those tweets read: “When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others #StayMe7o”

Anthony has repeatedly denied that he took issue with Lin’s popularity during the 2011-12 season. However, at least two former teammates, who did not want to be identified, claim that the tension in the locker room was palpable.

“It looks like he gets along with (Kristaps) Porzingis,” says the player, who is currently on another team. “That wasn’t the case with Jeremy. That’s too bad because Melo is a great guy.”

Anthony and Stoudemire appeared to get along during their time in New York even after Anthony was acquired 56 games after Stoudemire joined the Knicks and had become the talk of the town. Almost immediately, Anthony became the more popular player and Stoudemire never complained and accepted a secondary role.

Stoudemire, however, was said to be annoyed that Anthony forced a trade to the Knicks in February 2011 instead of waiting to join the Knicks as a free agent. Stoudemire, according to a source, felt the Knicks would have had a stronger team if they could have kept players like Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov.

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