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Anyone who follows me knows I'm a huge Nas fan.  So, I'm going to go away from the Knicks for just a second.  

If you search @nas or #nas on twitter you will see a bunch of tweets asking Nas when he is going to drop a new album. Well, maybe we have one on the horizon.  Dj Khaled dropped his new album "Major Key" and on it is a song from Nas "Nas Album Done,"  the song is fire and will be getting major spin over.   

There have been rumblings from other artists about the direction of Nas' next album.  Kanye West promised President Obama that he would produce beats Nas' next album and Rick Ross put his hat in the ring to produce Nas' album. 

Nas has been on fire lately.  He executive produced the movie "The Land" a story that follows four teenage boys trying to escape the streets of Cleveland to follow their dreams of professional skateboarding.  Nas also produced the soundtrack to the film in which he is featured on a song with Erykah Badu called "This Bitter Land"

If recent music give any indication of the direction of Nas' new album, it should be a good one.  Were waiting Nas!

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Amare Stoudemires First Choice was to Retire in Phoenix-Hope's to be Inducted in Ring of Honor

“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix [Suns] but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Amare Stoudemire explained to azcentral sports. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.”

Stoudemire signed a one day deal to retire with the New York Knicks. It seemed odd, even to me, and I was a huge fan of Stoudemire when he was with the Knicks. Even I understood that his best years in the NBA were played with the Phoenix Suns. So I was a little confused as to why he retired with the Knicks. I now understand.

“I love my fans in Phoenix," said Stoudemire. "Most of my high times and highlights were in Phoenix. I put forth the effort to finish my career in Phoenix but it wasn’t well-received.”

Stoudemire isn't giving up hope that he will be accepted by Phoenix. 

“I’m praying for that [Ring of Honor Induction],” Stoudemire told azcentral sports, “because my glory years are in Phoenix. My best times are in Phoenix. I bleed purple and orange. My roots are in Phoenix and the tree bloomed from there.”

I certainly hope that the Suns honor Stoudemire by inducting him into the Ring of Honor. Regardless of how it ended in Phoenix, Stoudemire gave Phoenix fans some of their greatest memories.

But STAT, if they don't, you already know - "Once a Knick, Always a Knick." We got you!

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Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose could both have Great Seasons

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Carmelo Anthony came off the bench as the best sixth man you might ever see.  In a game versus Nigeria, he broke the U.S.A Basketball single game scoring record by going 10-12 from 3pt range and scoring 37 points in 14 minutes. He did it in only three quarters.

Anthony continued his sniper play into the regular season by shooting a career high 38% from three, winning a scoring title, leading the New York Knicks to a 54 -28 record and placing 3rd in the MVP voting behind Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

Anthony had similar results after the 2008 Olympics, leading the Denver Nuggets to the 2009 Western Conference Finals.  In both the 2008-2009 and the 2012-2013 seasons, Anthony played with the two best point guards he ever played with in Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd, respectively.

In the Summer of 2010, Derrick Rose was able to focus on basketball skills without the limitation of offseason rehabilitation. He spent time with Rob McClanaghan working on his jump shot when he wasn't playing in the FIBA World Championships.  The next year, Rose had his best season, leading the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals and winning league M.V.P.

Summer 2016, Anthony is playing in a record-breaking 4th Olympics. Rose is working on his summer development plan without the limitations of rehabilitation.  Again, he is working on his jump shot. 

Rose is the best point guard Anthony has played with since Kidd. Both players are hungry. Let's hope history repeats itself.

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