by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

It has finally dawned on Amar’e Stoudemire that he now, in fact, plays for the New York Knickerbockers. This miserable reality can’t be avoided, not even for a guy with $100 million coming to him.

The Knicks — a team Stoudemire declared was “back” this summer — fell to 3-7 last night, falling at home to the Rockets. It was the team’s fifth consecutive defeat.

Following the demoralizing loss, Zags Blog captured the quotes from a dejected Amar’e:

“It’s a foreign land for me right now,” said Stoudemire, whose team has dropped five straight to fall to 3-7 and is about to embark on a brutal four-game Western swing.

“I’m not sure if it’s the fact of maybe a winning mentality has never been here,” said Stoudemire, who scored 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting. “I’m used to winning. I’m used to talking about winning and having that confidence toward winning. We just can’t have guys complacent and comfortable with losing. I keep saying that.”

Ten games into what was supposed to be a turn-around season, some in the NY media are already wondering if it’s time to start thinking about firing Mike D’Antoni.

Welcome to the Big Apple, Amar’e. This is what you signed up for.