Carmelo, Amare get to work early

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were among a large contingent of Knicks to show up for voluntary workouts at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh on Monday.

Anthony said the Knicks took part in six full-court scrimmages and lifted weights together.

"We played a little bit. We worked out together," Anthony told ESPN New York on Tuesday while working at a Wall Street fundraiser in remembrance of 9/11.

It's unclear exactly which Knicks were in attendance, but Tyson Chandler and Pablo Prigioni weren't at the facility, according to a source.

Training camp starts Oct. 2 and it's fairly common for NBA teams to get together for involuntary workouts before the preseason. But any additional workouts take on an added significance for the Knicks.

New York brought in seven new players on guaranteed contracts this year so the new faces will need time to get acclimated.

Additionally, Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler haven't been together for a full training camp yet.

And the Knicks' roster has been completely overhauled over the past two seasons, starting with the February 2011 trade to bring in Anthony. (Stoudemire is the longest-tenured Knick, in terms of consecutive seasons).

So, as Anthony points out, any extra time this group spends together on the floor can be valuable.

"Everybody realizes that this is our first full season together," Anthony said. "So the more time that we can utilize, the more guys that we get back in town to play and do things, it just builds camaraderie. It builds that bond. So when training camp does start, we can just keep on going and we're already acclimated."

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