There have been rumors — albeit hearsay for now – of a trade involving Amar’e Stoudamire on his way to the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade would involve the often sidelined forward, as well as a package involving picks and coveted guard Iman Shumpert, and for what you may ask?! Losing! That’s right, word around the league is the ’6ers aren’t ready to become contenders just yet and want to give the lottery another shot in order add to their arsenal of talented young players. What better way to *winkwink* Tank *winkwink* than to add an aging, breaking down former star player who doesn’t play defense and demands plenty of time on the shot clock to get himself going, and whose on an expiring contract.
Let’s look back to 2010 to when the Knicks finally entered a free agency with an abundance of cap room after years of turmoil and mediocrity thanks to cap mismanagement and front office buffoonery (looking at you, Isiah Thomas, James Dolan, Steve Mills). With Dolan desperate for a superstar and the ‘Big 3′ consisting of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and a yet run down Dwyane Wade having committed to Miami, the hapless owner grabbed on to whatever lifeline was available in Amar’e Stoudemire, a player who up to that point had a laundry list of injuries and enough red flags that would make France soil itself. None of that mattered to James Dolan as he needed an attraction for the flagship of his MSG empire. What Amar’e ended up signing was a max offer for 5 years, nearly $100m and what we got in return were years of dead weight.
The biggest elephant in the room for last few years has been the experiment of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler. and STAT, and whether these 3 can lead the Knicks to a championship. Although Tyson and Melo have been able to coexist with moderate success, it turns out that on a per game basis, the big 3 has had little to no impact posting a +/- of -0.3, +1.4, and +0.4 the last 3 sasons respectively, according to NBA.com — It get’s even worse when you factor in just Anthony and Stoudemire with a -1.2, -1.1, and a -0.7 respectively — making this trial an overwhelming failure; proving pundits, loud mouth fans, and NBA experts around the league right.
Now that the breaking down Tyson and D-league caliber Felton have been shipped off, Stat remains as the biggest obstacle in Carmelo’s path to a championship contending team. The Knicks must exorcise it’s former demons and kick those old habits that have led them to spinning in circles by blindly signing players to huge contracts while ignoring how the pieces fit.
It’s perfectly fine to thank Amar’e for being an excellent ambassador and a model athlete during his tenure as a New York Knick off the court, but this is one story that desperately needs an ending.