Sustainability will be an issue, but it will be entertaining in New York while it lasts. After all, the injured Amare Stoudemire will come back — eventually. And the great minds can get back to figuring out a way for Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to co-exist more efficiently. But that's at least one tabloid crisis away.

ldillman@tribune.com

Surprise, it's the Knicks

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

It's a New York team — and not the Nets.

We expect the Heat and the Spurs to be among the front-runners, but the Knicks were being declassified as that OTHER team in New York.

The Nets kept Deron Williams and acquired Joe Johnson to open a new era in Brooklyn. Hard to believe the Knicks could fly under the radar.

The Knicks are the only unbeaten left, posting three blowouts, including a rout of the defending champion Heat.

They are playing without injured Amare Stoudemire — and maybe less is more. Carmelo Anthony has carried the team and the return of Raymond Felton has been a plus, preventing opponents from taking a bite out of the Big Apple's old standby.

bschmitz@tribune.com