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Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire Ready for 2012

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will have a couple new guards to receive assists from in 2012, with the additions of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. It's all in an effort to contend for a title in 2012.

Stoudemire spoke with ABC Sports Radio about the upcoming 2012 season and discussed the departure of former guard Jeremy Lin.

"He (Lin) had a great run for us, he uplifted us a lot last season," said Stoudemire. "It's never fun to see one of your teammates leave but again it's the name of the game it happens all the time."

The Knicks will now have to share the city with the Brooklyn Nets this season who are moving over into the Barclays Center. Stoudemire said that they may be the team to beat.

"They're making some great moves, they brought in Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, they're definitely a better team," Stoudemire said.  "I do think the Knicks, we're still trying to compete for a Eastern Conference championship and also a (NBA) championship."

Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds in 2011-12.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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