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Back on top of their division, Knicks ignoring predictions of a fall

  • New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (7) dunks the ball whileToronto Raptors Rudy Gay watches during first half NBA pre-season basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (7) dunks the ball whileToronto Raptors Rudy Gay watches during first half NBA pre-season basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) acknowledges the fans as he joins his teammates on the court during an NBA basketball scrimmage at Columbia University, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) acknowledges the fans as he joins his teammates on the court during an NBA basketball scrimmage at Columbia University, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson reacts while playing against the Toronto Raptors during second half NBA pre-season basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson reacts while playing against the Toronto Raptors during second half NBA pre-season basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)  (The Associated Press)

Finally back on top of their division, all the New York Knicks keep hearing is that they are going to fall back.

Second in the Eastern Conference last season, now they're supposedly second-best in their own city.

They would be bothered, except they say they aren't paying attention.

All-Star Carmelo Anthony says the players "know what we have, we know what we can do. We know how good we can be, we just have to do it."

It's not that the Knicks are expected to be bad, it's just that Miami, Chicago, Indiana and Brooklyn all look better. But coach Mike Woodson says he doesn't worry about whether he has enough to build on last season's success.

He says the Knicks "have a very competitive team, guys that have tasted some success the last two years."