Amare says Knicks have a top Big 3

Amare Stoudemire says the Knicks' "Big 3" of Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and himself ranks "right there at the top" with the Lakers trio of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant, the Heat's Big Three and Oklahoma City's duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westrbook.

Stoudemire thinks the Knicks' trio needs a full 82-game season together before they can be truly judged.

Here's Stoudemire's explanation:

"I think as players with Carmelo, myself and Tyson as a foundation trio -- you can't ask for a better lineup than that in the NBA," he said. "You have LeBron (James), Dwyane (Wade) and Chris Bosh (in Miami), you have Westbrook and Durant and you have Kobe, Bynum and Gasol. But I mean, we're right there at the top of the bunch with (our) trio. I think it's a matter of time for us to really figure it out and have a consistent year.

"When you have players with such confidence and such personality, it's hard when you have a coaching change midseason and it's also hard when you have a trade midseason for us to co-exist and really figure out how we could play together. ... (Next season is) going to a great indication on how well we can play together, how we can do something special."

Do you agree? Are the Knicks on par with OKC, Miami, Los Angeles? Can they show it next season?

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