Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  30 responses

Is Amar’e Stoudemire Playing Too Many Minutes?

STAT ranks 11th in the League for most minutes played so far this season, something coach Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks know isn’t ideal. From the NY Times: “They will play 18 games in March; 12 will be games played on consecutive days. Since the All-Star break in mid-February, the Knicks have had consecutive days without a game only once. Another off day will be lost when they host the Orlando Magic for the second time in six days on Monday to make up a November game that was postponed because of asbestos-related concerns after debris fell at Madison Square Garden. The effect of the frequent games might have culminated in the Knicks’ loss to Orlando on Wednesday, when Amar’e Stoudemire finished with 13 points, his fewest as a Knick. He admitted to fatigue as early as the first quarter, but played 39 ½ minutes. Immediately after the game the Knicks scheduled a practice for Thursday, then quickly canceled it after Stoudemire and Coach Mike D’Antoni talked. ‘We’ve played 14 games in the last 20 days and he’s been carrying us throughout the whole year and that’s it,’ D’Antoni said. ‘I play him a lot of minutes and we keep talking about playing too many minutes. To get where we are, I had to, and we’re trying to get into the playoffs and he’s paying for it a bit, but we’ll snap back.’”

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  • T-Money

    that’s the storyline now? 37 mins is too much for STAT in his prime?


    Carmelo is Batman and Batman doesn’t get tired. Put the Knicks on Batman’s back. And F the SSOL ish. It’s time to run the offense through Batman. Cut to the hoop when the double comes to Melo, and get rewarded.

  • Justin

    cosign T-Money. What a joke. First Lebron complaining about too many minutes and now Amar’e is playing too many as well? I don’t ever remember Jordan, Pippen, Magic, Larry, Barkley, Malone, Stockton, and Kobe just to name a few ever complaining about minutes. Oh yeah, that’s because those guys weren’t prima donna babies without an ounce of mental fortitude like today’s players

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    T-Money, I’ve noticed in 4th quarters that Stoudemire looks ridiculously lazy and tired on defense. For example, just letting Gilber Arenas practically walk into the lane for a layup. I know STAT isn’t the best defender but I really think his stamina is pretty weak.

  • JTaylor21

    F*ck MJ, Pippen, Larry, Stockton, and all those old school chaps. No one cares what they did or would have done, I’m tired of everyone always acting like those cats were angels who never said or did anything negative in their playing days.
    Can we just enjoy today’s players for who they are and stop trying to compare every single thing they do to past greats?

  • Justin

    Actually JTaylor, no I can’t. Basically what those “old school chaps” did was show these b*tches of today how the game should be played. What you’re saying is we should ignore the fact that today’s players are bunch of p*ssies just because that’s how it is? Bullsh*t! They’re being paid a lot of money and fans are paying a lot of money to see these guys play and they owe it to their team and their fans to bust their ass every day and to be in shape to play 48 minutes a night if they have to. It’s not f*ck MJ, Pippen and the rest…it’s f*ck you and the girls who play this game today

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Who are the top 10 in minutes played? I don’t recall reading about any of them “playing too many minutes”. I agree with T-Money, although, is this not the exact complaint Bron made about 3 months earlier in the season?

  • Justin

    And by the way, nobody is saying they were angels or didn’t do anything wrong. What I am saying is they never b*tched about playing time and neither should anybody else

  • greg

    amare is obviously too many minutes for any bigman not named dwight howard. they have him playing the majority of the game as an undersized five which means he does a lot of jumping to make up for his size. he is clearly tired at the end of the third quarter of most games now. it is very hard to play 40 minutes of hard basketball on both ends of the court for any player much less a big man

  • JTaylor21

    Salty much?
    You sound like one of those fat school kids who were jealous of the athletes and that same jealous has manifested into hatred of NBA players.

  • JTaylor21

    Also, Amare is not the one complaining about the minutes, it’s Antoni. You would know that if you paid attention in class instead of chasing your next twinkie fix.

  • First & Foremost

    Amare should have said, “We need our bench to step up for longer stretches in the game and we’ll be fine. It is a team effort and we need all of our guys to step it up in the final leg of the season.” Some of you aren’t factoring in the pace of this team.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Amare and Carmelo are two of the least conditioned star players in the League. I don’t know how many of you have actually played ball, but a big part of being able to produce on both ends of the court is stamina. It takes a lot of energy, which is why I call STAT and Melo lazy, talented players. They need to seriously work on endurance this summer, but with all these years getting by without it why would they? It’s not like anyone around them (*cough* *cough* coaches) has ever pushed them to put in the work.

  • First & Foremost

    My bad JT – However, in the playoffs with practically 4 days between games, it will all even out.

  • First & Foremost

    @Zoom – That’s what happens when you pick Eddy Curry as your workout partner. In all seriousness though, Amar’e is fit, he just has shaky knees which makes moving around that much harder. I can’t & won’t defend Melo.

  • Fat Lever

    Well it’s officially spring now. Forget Punxatawny Phil, the annual Knicks Excuse-Fest has begun to raise our hopes for the spring season.

  • Byebye

    In the old NBA players never played more than 37 mins a game
    Check the stats

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    so he is 11th in the league in minutes n he still cant grab 10 boards a game? wth, what a disgrace to big men

  • Ali

    Thank you zoom for 10:11! Actually Melo has worked on his stamina and endurance over the past few years and trimmed down his bodyfat percentage, but alot of these players under 30 think that their raw talent can get them by…82 games is someting sick for their bodies to deal with. There is only a few cats in the Association that we all can see they train their bodies and minds to play D and O for an entire game, EVERY NIGHT and that includes the playoffs! if need be. Whatever it takes baby.

  • Brahsef


    Nostalgia also can cloud the mind of what’s goin down. The 24/7 news cycle is the reason you hear shit like players complaining about minutes, especially on a national scale. Back in the day, media sources would have deemed this not important enough to even report on.

    Unless it was Michael

  • mannyec0409

    Well, the season is long so it makes sense that the dude is tired. He’s been carrying much of the load for the Knicks all season long.
    The bench definitely needs to step up and help out with the scoring and defense. They have 2 guys coming off the bench that give them good minutes (Turiaf, Douglas) but everyone else is pretty much not factoring in. It doesnt help that Billups is injured.

  • bull22

    i dont understand why some of you clowns are mentioning nba players not cited in this article! and DID YOU HEAR THAT KNICK DWEEBS, coach d’atoni said he is playing him these minutes to get into playoffs… not win a TITLE! hahahahahahhahhahah


    The time has come to put Gotham’s team on Melo’s back. Run the offense through him.


    SMH…someone questioned Melo’s stamina?! You gotta be kidding me! Good stuff! That’s like saying KG doesn’t like to talk smack on the court.

  • pantza

    39 Minutes is pretty much. If you play defense…

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Bull22 is a Knick fiend

  • robb

    Too many minutes for a guy who plays at both ends of the floor. So no, he’s not playing too many minutes

  • bull22

    hey zoom, quit being an moron.. this is an article about the KNICKS! duhhhh,,, you are just mad because your team sucks.. hahahahhahhahahahahahhaha 35-36

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    If Carmelo’s stamina isnt good, Im not sure how he played in Denver with the altitude. As for Amare, he’s not complaining about playing too much, but he needs to be rested more to protect those knees.

    Fat Lever: normally the Knicks season is pretty much over by now, so not sure where you’ve been hearing an annual “Excuse Fest”.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Bulls22, You’re still a Knick fiend. Even other Bulls fans recognize it lmao