Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Mike D’Antoni: ‘I’m Hoping [Amar'e]‘s the MVP This Year’

When Stoudemire signed with the Knicks this summer, he might’ve not immediately understood why everyone kept talking about the pressure to play in New York with such a huge contract. After his coach’s latest comments, he probably has a better idea now. The NY Daily News reports: “Mike D’Antoni believes that a rejuvenated Amar’e Stoudemire is poised to have an MVP-caliber season for the Knicks. ‘I’m hoping he’s the MVP this year,’ D’Antoni said. ‘That’s kind of what he should shoot for and I’m sure what he’s trying to be.’ Barring a deal for Carmelo Anthony between now and the February trading deadline, the Knicks will need a defining year from Stoudemire in order to become a playoff team. The perennial All-Star power forward is as close as you can get to a one-man gang in the NBA. He is surrounded by good to average pieces, which is nothing compared to the supporting casts around MVP candidates like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.”

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  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Amare doesnt care about actually being the best, just acting like he’s the best.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Let’s go Amar`e. Okay, you’ve left the SUNS but I’ll follow your activity for ONE YEAR. Let’s make the most of my fandom. : )

  • chris

    Amare is a beast, I don’t think he will be a MVP tho

  • http://Slamonline.com Pippen Ain’t Easy

    Well then, Amar’e Stouemire needs to get better on D.

  • Groves

    rebounding and Defense are important to be an MVP… pound for pound i think rondo and kidd each out-rebound amare 2-1


    @Pippen Ain’t Easy: And Durant and Rose needs to get out of the first round . . . before we start putting them in the MVP conversation. Just sayin’.

  • Ali

    I gotta put my money on D. Howard in Orlando for MVP this season. I think he’s due to have a break out season. Plus he actually has put in some serious work in on his game this off season, worked with The Dream on that footwork and jumper. Keep talking bout MIA and Boston! Sleep on Orlando!

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    As a Knicks fan, I hope that somehow, Amar’e would listen to Dacre..just this one time.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’m pretty sure he’s going to have to average more than 8 rpg and actually play SOME defense before he’s remotely considered as an MVP candidate…also, LeBron, D-Wade, Kevin Durant, and Kobe all need to have season ending injuries…just sayin…

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ha man you got high hopes coach

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    That pringles guy is funny

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How can rebounding and defense be important to being an MVP when Steve Nash is a former two-time MVP and did neither?
    Just curious.
    You win MVP if writers like you. That’s it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well he sure isn’t gonna be MVP on a team finishing without homecourt in the first round. that’s for damn sure

  • http://google c_cantrell

    hes not gna be mvp no matter what man