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Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  11 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks Need to Become a Defensive Team


Amar’e is excited about the hiring of defensive-minded assistant coach Mike Woodson, and says that the Knicks will need to lock people up if they intend to become title contenders. From the NY Daily News: “Mike D’Antoni won’t label Mike Woodson as a defensive coach, but Amar’e Stoudemire suggested that Woodson has a clearly defined role on the Knicks bench. ‘I think it’s great,’ Stoudemire said Wednesday. ‘It’s definitely what we talked about, improving defensively. With the help of Mike (Woodson) it’s going to be really positive for us. But it’s up to us as players to take that commitment and implement it. After the Knicks were swept by Boston in the first round last April, the front office ordered D’Antoni to alter his coaching staff and focus more on defense. ‘For us to win a championship, defense has to be a primary force,’ Stoudemire added. ‘It has to be something that we focus in on. Everyone has to buy into it and everyone has to become much better.’”

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  • MUBWAR

    it all starts wit you Mister I allowed 31 31 and 42 17 to a rookie

  • Bt

    Pff he allowed those stats to stat hungry players who don’t make there teams better or win games no matter what stats they put up, evidencEd by their terrible records. Hate on Amare all you want but at least he gets his team to the Playoffs.

    Also amare is a defensive juggarnaught compared to griffen and love

  • 23

    I thought MUBWAR was referring to Woodsen?? Lol

  • robb

    noooooooo really???

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Don’t let block shots fool ya, Amare is just as bad as Love and Griffin when it comes to defense. There’s a reason why Amare’s teams have always been at the bottom of defensive rankings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    LMAO!

  • MUBWAR

    looool taylor so trueee

  • Charles

    Thats funny coming from Amare.

  • MikeC.

    At this point, Amare am what he am. Offensive monster, mediocre rebounder and poor defender. NY can still win with him. They just need a true 5 to protect the rim.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The Knicks have no interest in winning a championship – they have an interest in high scoring games because they rate well on TV and it sells a lot of merchandise. Nobody who hires D’Antoni, Anthony and Stoudemire has any interest in winning championships. Zmare is too naive to understand that, the Knicks won’t win a ring with these guys. Let’s move on.

  • ab40

    amare can’t play d his rotations are slow and one on one he’s too lazy. He probably never learned to properly do that because he was never coached by/played with defensive minded people. Pat Riley is probably laughing at them. Who the hell hires mike d’antoni and expects to win. Be real. Let’s hope Isiah Thomas doesn’t get an nba job ever anywhere.

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