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.
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire will make his season debut on Tuesday against Portland, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 1, 2013
What a way to ring in the New Year!
Chatting Beck’s article, how will Amar’e fit in and how big of a problem is the starting line-up’s recent offensive struggles?
As someone who predicted pretty early last season that the New York Knicks would be a better team without Amar’e Stoudemire and advocated trading him to the Bobcats for Boris Diaw and DeSagana Diop — both were expiring contracts and the move would have allowed New York to have cap space this summer — I’m shocked this observation is coming from me.
Are the Knicks for real? How will Amare Stoudemire fit in? How about them point guards, eh?!
The New York Knicks enter this season with plenty of people doubting them both as a team, as well as individuals. Some of those doubts are fair and some of them aren’t, but the Knicks should be listening to them and using them as motivation.
Today, the New York Knicks announced that their maximum salary forward, Amare Stoudemire, will undergo a debridement on his surgically repaired left knee. A debridement is an arthroscopic procedure that cleans out the knee, and is commonly used for treating arthritus.
I’m just trying to shed some light on a very negative possible outcome for Amare Stoudemire.
First, let’s take a step back in time. In 2005, while playing for the Phoenix Suns, Amare Stoudemire underwent a microfracture surgery to repair damage to his injured left knee. The Suns were made aware of the injury through an MRI, but resisted surgery at first, resorting to treatment and rest.
The Knicks currently have 6 players injured: Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, Chris Smith and Henry Sims.
Amare Stoudemire sat out the Knicks’ second pre-season game against the Boston Celtics as a pre-caution; in fact, it was said that if game one was a regular season game, he would have played. Stoudemire is battling a sore knee, and right now, it’s just that. He should be good to go for Friday’s game against Landry Fields and the Toronto Raptors, but we’ll closely monitor him as he continues resting a multi-million dollar knee.
It appears Carmelo Anthony is more set on winning than on achieving individual accolades, as he’s echoed the sentiment that he’s “willing to do whatever it takes” to win, once again, this time to ESPN Magazine for their Preview Issue. Melo has fallen victim to many critisisms, and he’s looking to put everything behind him.