TARRYTOWN-The first thing I noticed upon entering the gym at the Knicks’ training center was the three or four banners hanging above the floor on both ends of the court, colorful banners that noted the Liberty’s accomplishments. Eastern Division champs, etc.

Perhaps there were banners for the Knicks, but that side of the gym was partitioned off to the large crowd of media that greeted Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and Assistant Vice President Glen Grunwald as they sat down and spent some 20 minutes answering questions on a variety of subjects regarding this year’s team.

While our photographer Bill Moore was snapping away, I couldn’t help but think about the pressure that these NBA, NFL and college-level coaches face on a daily basis. Everyone in the country is aware of the pressure of playing or coaching in this city.

When D’Antoni was asked about the team’s upgrade in talent and if he feels any pressure to move his team another level up from where they finished last year, he responded, “I would think so. That would be my job.”

“The pressure is there and it should be there,” Grunwald said. “I love working in the NBA and for the Knicks. So this is the job that Mr. Dolan asked me to do, and if he asked me to do something else, I would do that too.”

The Knicks’ Big Three, Carmello Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, were asked a round of questions by the media. “I think the sky is the limit for this team,” said Anthony. “I think the Knicks organization did a great job with this building. We will be ready to play and we will compete.”

Chandler, New York’s newest superstar, really seems to be happy in the Big Apple. “We had a great year last year [in Dallas], but going to free agency…the opportunity presented itself to play with these guys, it was something special,” he said.

“For all of us to be on the same team is an incredible feeling for me,” said Stoudemire.

The Knicks’ Big Three will meet Boston’s Big Three on Dec. 25, Christmas Day at the Garden, then move onto the Heat’s Big Three on Jan. 27 at Miami.