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NEW YORK – 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."