Coming into the season, many saw Stoudemire as the team’s wildcard, as, at his best, he would make the Knicks a versatile team, but, if he were to play at a lower level, he would clog up the paint and be a nuisance for the team.
His return was met with mixed emotions, as well, since the team was playing so well. Would he ruin the chemistry? Would be a black hole? Questions like these flooded Knicks fan’s heads, and left us unsure whether we should be cheering for his return or dreading it.
Right around this time, Matt Shanley wrote a beautiful letter to Amare. Stoudemire actually took the time to read the piece and respond to it, which makes the letter that much more meaningful. As Matt outlined in the article, Amare is such a good guy, that it’s hard not to root for him.
With that said, we love our Knicks. And as much as we might love one player, in the end, we’re rooting for the team to succeed – with or without that player.
15 games into the season, after the rust has been shedded, it appears STAT is back and it feels great to simultaneously root for the Knicks AND Stoudemire to succeed!
You would think with the accomplishments Amare Stoudemire has accumulated over the course of his ongoing 11-year career that there would be a clearer, definitive idea of the type of player he has been.
It first should be mentioned that there should no longer be any doubt whether or not this Knicks team is for real. The biggest criticism of the Knicks’ hot start was ultimately that they were playing too well and that they would eventually cool down, especially shooting-wise. That has yet to turn out, though, as they continue to win, with only a loss in Memphis on the second night of a back-to-back. With little evidence to suggest that this start is a fluke, Knicks fans and NBA pundits alike have begun to look forward to where this Knicks team can implode. So now the most prevailing question mark surrounding the Knicks is what they will do with the $100 million man, Amar’e Stoudemire.
It’s a done deal. Tyson Chandler will be joining the Knicks.
Per Howard Beck,
Knicks’ trades are complete. It’s a 3-team deal with Dallas and Washington. New York sends Turiaf, 2013 2nd-round pick and cash to Wizards.
Chauncey Billups and Raymond Felton have recently been added to the rumored trade between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets.
The New York Knicks are hoping to acquire Carmelo Anthony before the February 24 trade deadline and are trying to assemble a group of players that will satisfy Denver.
Tonight the Knicks (26-25) will host the Los Angeles Lakers (37-16) at MSG.
Knicks vs Lakers game have always been big games, and this year they are bigger. With the addition of All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks have become a competitive team once again.
Not too much going on today surrounding the Knicks so I will leave you all with this image of STAT’s all-star jersey:
I would love one of these…
At 10:30 EST tonight Amar’e and the Knicks play the Suns in Phoenix. This is the first time this season that Stoudemire has returned to his old home. This should be an exciting game from start to finish because both of these teams like to push the ball.