Stoudemire On Billups' Melo Comments: Chauncey Doesn't Fabricate Much

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Amar'e Stoudemire sidestepped a question Friday about Chauncey Billups' comments that cast Carmelo Anthony as a player more concerned about personal stats than wins. But Stoudemire did say Billups has a lot of credibility in his book.

Earlier this week, Billups, Anthony's former teammate with the Knicks and Denver Nuggets, told SiriusXM NBA Radio: "Melo was like a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day. He didn’t miss any games. Now, the only thing I will say -- and I’ve even told Melo this -- scoring 30 (points) meant too much to Melo. It meant too much because he could have games where he had 20, 22, we win the game, and he’s mad. He might have 36 and he's in there, you know -- we lose the game and he’s in there picking everybody up."

When WFAN's Joe Benigno asked Stoudemire about Billups' comments, the retired six-time All-Star, who played with Anthony from 2011-15 and with Billups for part of the 2010-11 season, answered: "Chauncey's a guy that's well-respected and he's a guy that really don't fabricate much when he speaks about the game of basketball. He's also an NBA champion. So when he speaks about things, I have the tendency to somewhat take what he says very seriously and have to think that he's being honest about it."

Stoudemire, however, said he and Anthony had a "great relationship."

"Melo and I was great friends back even in high school, even when he was in Syracuse and I was in NBA, during the All-Star runs we had on the West Coast when I was in Phoenix and he was in Denver," he said. "So we've actually developed a solid friendship over the years, for sure."

Stoudemire is playing for Tri-State in the Big3 league Sunday at the Barclays Center. His team also includes former Knick Nate Robinson and is coached by Julius Erving, better known as Dr. J.

"It's going to be amazing, man," Stoudemire said. "A lot of the fans come out to see the all-time great players they grew up watching. Dr. J's our head coach, so therefore a lot of the fans who watched the game of basketball (in the) '60s and '70s and then all up to today's game get to see their favorite players out there. So it's a great environment to bring your friends and family to, for sure."

Amar'e Stoudemire of Tri-State boxes out against Chris Andersen of the Power during a Big3 game on June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. Rob Carr/Big3/Getty Images

Stoudemire, meanwhile, is hoping for an NBA comeback. The 36-year-old worked out for 15 teams, including the Knicks, last week in Las Vegas.

"I hope it's a high possibility," he said of returning to the league. "I've been training extremely hard. ... I've been keeping myself in shape, so I think the opportunity may present itself pretty soon hopefully."