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Amar'e Stoudemire excited ahead of Knicks game in London

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Amar'e Stoudemire admits he is excited to play in London once again; when the New York Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks in January as part of the NBA Global Games 2015, with tickets set to go on sale tomorrow (Friday, 31 October).

The Knicks are one of the most famous basketball teams in the NBA, and despite struggling with performances during the last year, the 31-year-old insists that they are coming to win. 

The last time the Knicks played in London, they defeated the Detroit Pistons 102-87 in a comfortable victory. Carmelo Anthony top scored with 26 points for the Knicks, who enjoyed the majority of the London support. 

LONDON

Stoudemire expressed his eagerness to explore the city of London with his team once again, whilst remaining positive that on court duty still remains the priority.

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"I'm excited about coming back to London. London is definitely a fun place to visit", the forward told reporters in a conference call on Monday.

"I wish we could play here every single season, It's up to the commissioner on that though. I do truly enjoy playing in London.

"We're coming to win, I tell you that much. We're going to have fun as well, we're going to enjoy the city of London, the town, the people, we going to enjoy the whole experience.

"But the main objective is to win and give the London fans a taste of New York.

"We're going to see all the sights, all the history, and I'll definitely try and be their tour guide [as I've been to London before]."

JAX-FISHER ERA

Derek Fisher only retired from the game at the end of last season and walked straight into the job as head coach of what could only be described as an 'unsettled' Knicks roster. 

The famous 'triangle offense' that Jackson so famously runs, has been implemented into the team during pre-season and both Stoudemire and Anthony have been continually praised for the way they have adapted to the new style of play. 

"It's been pretty good. Me personally, I'm learning two different positions, the four and the five. The four consists of playing the perimeter position, which is a three position type of offense for me. Over time, it will all play out," the six-time All Star said. 

Phil Jackson is the most decorated coach in NBA history, with 11 titles to his name; and he coached the Michael Jordan Bulls as well as the Kobe-Shaq led LA Lakers.

KNICKS CHANCES 

The New York Knicks needed big changes following last season, where they failed to make the play-offs, finishing in a hugely disappointing ninth position - seven places lower than the 2012/13 season. 

Mike Woodson was fired as a result, which opened the chance for Jackson to appoint Fisher, who played a vital part of the 'triangle' during his time with the Lakers. 

The Knicks lost their first match of the NBA 2014/15 regular season to Chicago on Wednesday, where they were completely dominated by an organised and impressive Bulls team.

They travel to Cleveland on Thursday night for what is sure to be a memorable occasion, with LeBron James returning home to the place his career began; and the Knicks will need a special performance to get the win. 

Stoudemire explained that it will not be straightforward for the Knicks, who are likely to struggle again this campaign if they cannot iron out their problems. 

"I would love to say we're going to start off great this season, but you never know. We're still trying to figure out strategy on both ends of the basketball court. We're putting forth the effort, which is the main ingredient. But it might take us a little bit of time," Stoudemire said.

London game tickets on sale

The Milwaukee Bucks host the New York Knicks at The O2 in London on Jan. 15 as part of NBA Global Games London 2015. Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at www.theo2.co.uk/nba2015

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