New York Knicks: Michael Beasley Praises Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15: Michael Beasley #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Mike Dunleavy #34 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley put over new teammates Joakim Noah and Carmelo Anthony while talking to reporters.

Michael Beasley is happy being a member of the New York Knicks. Assistant coach Kurt Rambis went out on a limb for Beasley, and the former No. 2 overall pick believes the Knicks can be a top-five playoff team.

Now the 28-year-old is putting over some of his new teammates — Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah.

Beasley tells Marc Berman of The New York Post that he and Anthony are close, even describing the ten-time All-Star as a “mentor.” Beasley goes on to compare his game to Anthony’s by saying they both use “jab steps.”

Beasley’s old general manager in Minnesota — David Kahn — thinks the new Knick can help replace some of the scoring production that Anthony will leave when he inevitably vacates the Big Apple.

Beasley’s praise didn’t stop with Melo. He also put over embattled big man Joakim Noah. The former Defensive Player of the Year is coming off the worst season of his career, and he’ll be suspended for the first 12 games of the upcoming season.

The 32-year-old is entering the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract, and Beasley tells Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News he “looks great.”

“I mean, he’s cut up. He’s got 25 abs right now,” Beasley said. “He’s in shape. Y’all know he’s strong as hell.”

Noah was seen last week on Chris Brickley’s Instagram account. The caption says Noah is as focused as ever and he’ll be ready to perform.

Apparently, he’s one of many Knicks to work out with Anthony’s famous trainer.

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