Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  90 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks to ‘Hunt’ LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Even before Carmelo Anthony joined him to form a superstar tandem in New York, Amar’e Stoudemire never shied away from expressing supreme confidence in the Knicks, and seemed to take great pleasure in throwing darts at the Miami Heat.

Not much has changed on STAT’s behalf coming into the 2011-’12 season, a year in which Stoudemire has plans of taking his Knicks past Miami’s own super-squad.

The NY Post captured a funny, yet telling moment in the Knick locker room last night, as Stoudemire boasted to his teammates about what he expects them to do this season:

Amar’e Stoudemire can’t hide his intentions to dethrone Miami as NBA Eastern Conference champs.

Last night, when rookie Josh Harrellson asked him in the locker room after the preseason win over the Nets where are they going to go hunting, Stoudemire said, “We’re going to hunt in South Florida. You know what we’re going to hunt down there, right? We’re going to hunt LeBron [James] and D-Wade [Dwyane Wade]. I got the rifle, man.”

Rest assured, LeBron and Wade aren’t any less cocky or self-assured than Amar’e, they just choose to talk their trash on the court instead of through the media. To each his own, I suppose.

The Knicks/Heat rivalry has a chance to be really special over the next few years. Both are young, very talented teams, and the expectations in both New York and Miami are enormous.

The first game between these two squads will take place on January 27th in Miami. Let Hunting Season begin.

(UPDATE: Word about this got to Dwyane Wade, and he responded to Amar’e on Twitter this morning: “@Amareisreal I got those ‘hunting’ tips for you. Hit me on the cell L2MS.”)

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  • jake

    I seem to remember a little diddy by lebron…not one not two not three not four? How exactly do the heat do their talking on the court? All of them were flapping their gumd about how great they are last year. I hope NY does lay the smackdown on them

  • tomtom

    This idiot had a real tendancy to talk smack about players who are superior to him, last year he took shots at Dwight and Pau and now Dwade and Lebron.

  • bull22

    wow both amare and nbk got something in common, big mouths…

  • jake

    Apologies for the grammatical errors, im commenting from my smartphone with a broken backspace key.

  • robb

    Your gunpowder is wet Amare, you can’t hunt sh*t.

  • T-Money

    jake: there’s still a difference between two wins from a title and getting swept in the 1st round, no? but that’s stat – he keeps saying ish. he said last week that it wouldn’t be a good idea to claim baron…. tadam!

  • smoove

    cant wait

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    this guy is a quote machine.


    I am loving the Knicks camaraderie. And FYI, Jorts is the real deal man. Dude can bang in the paint, and bang down the 3. It’s looking like a great draft by the Knicks with the additions of Jorts and Shump.

  • harlem_world

    What do you want him to say? Bow down and kiss Miami’s rings? Oh, wait…that’s right, they don’t have any yet (in their new quest, at least). It’s all media and good for hyping the match up – be easy! Wouldn’t you rather this type of headline than all that lockout bullshick? If Baron comes good and we pick up Wilson from China…we have a legit shot at taking it all, barring injury. NYC is BACK!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    lol @ robb.

  • RobbieJay

    jesus christ does this guy ever shut up? he probaly talks sh*t in the shower lmao

  • BlackStar

    I actually like all this trash talking between players. Maybe that will translate to more ballers playing hard so they can back up what they say. And if they play hard, that means we all get to enjoy some good competitive basketball. They used to do it in the 80′s and 90′s, so let’s bring it back.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vdjcuEQZ8 IAMORANGE4EVER

    Click my name harlem_world…THE KNICKS ARE BACK! :)

  • Ugly_fish

    I like how he (rightfully) overlooks Bosh

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The only thing Amare hunts is men’s dookieholes. Stop yourself, ugly women.

  • Robb

    this was said in the locker room right? lol @ the rest of you idiots.

  • RunNGun

    I can’t wait for KNICKS and HEAT to duke it out. Then, the BULLS will run them both over.

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    I thought it was the Larry O’Brien Trophy you are supposed to hunt….. Never mind

  • http://slamonline.com wtf

    i love the trash talking, makes the matchups even more exciting, you guys should lighten up

  • http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Being-an-absolute-jerk-cost-Kris-Humphries-a-K?urn=ncaab-wp4959 nbk

    Well what about on defense Amar’e? You just gonna play possum? idiot


    All I gotta say is THANK GOD Riles extended Erik Spoelstra, and the Clippers claimed Billups! Ha ha ha! The Knicks are back!

  • LA Huey

    Don’t throw rocks at the (Eastern Conference) throne.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m curious, when has any player on the Heat publicly called out an opposing player like STAT has? I’ll answer it. Never.

  • BigBlue

    “His Knicks”? Buddy as soon as melo got there you became the second banana at madison square

  • angus

    leave him alone he’s just havin fun

  • boboho

    this guy makes me dizzy for some reason.

  • http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Being-an-absolute-jerk-cost-Kris-Humphries-a-K?urn=ncaab-wp4959 nbk

    Is that what you say about Drunk Drivers? (I am not AT ALL saying this is the same, just saying drunk drivers have fun too)

  • DieselMechanic

    Translation: I think D-Wade and Bron are the best players in the league and the Heat are the best team. I am focused on trying to beat them.

  • boboho

    lmao the awkward moment when amare wasnt mention bosh name.shaq is right.heat has big duo not big three.imo shaq is true.lol

  • boboho

    lmao the awkward moment when amare wasnt mention bosh name.shaq is right.heat has big duo not big three.imo shaq is true.lol

  • Rose4FinalsMvp

    Lol @ Robbiejay..truthfully I think Garnett does..wouldn’t be a surprise would it?

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Stat’s the man. LeBron was too scared of the pressure that comes with playing in NY. Stat, Melo and even CP3 welcome the sh*t. Too bad CP3 had to take his talents to LA.

  • Rose4FinalsMvp

    Knicks and Heats bench sucks..as far as I’m concerned Tyson will be the difference maker just like he was with the Mavs..that being said Melo’s more clutch than lebron and Amare will feast on Heat’s bigs and only Dwade will have the mismatch..a dejavu from the finals..agree?

  • ab40

    knicks will get two wins in these playoffs, after that mike no D’antoni get’s fired. Melo and amare are terrible off the ball and even worse on D. Amare doesn’t roll to the basket like he used to.

  • boss

    Him and what defense is going hunting bosh will destroy him and lebron and wade in the playoffs have a gear that melo cant even reach yet smh first lets see if he can handle boston first

  • Red

    And this is why somehow I like the Heat more than the Knicks. Bulls are the best though.

  • Sean B

    ^ the Bulls will fall back this season. They overachieved last season. You watch, the Bull won’t get past the 2nd round. I guarantee it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Aren’t you supposed to win at least one game in last season’s playoffs before you talk about doing anything?

  • http://skjflf.com Jukai

    What did Stat say that was so bad? The Heat at the team to beat in the east, he pretty much said that in more creative words… damn…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    anybody who thinks this is the same Knicks team as last year is in for a pleasant surprise… now go back it up STAT…

  • MikeC.

    What is he supposed to say? “Aw jeepers…those Miami guys are really good. We should just cancel the season and give them the next 5 championships.” Amare is acknowledging that the Heat are at the top of the pile, and the Knicks have to catch them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He could have said, “wtf are you talking about rook, we are basketball players, and we play in New York City, nobody is going hunting anywhere” or “we are hunting for a championship” “we’ll go hunting for a coach that knows how to design a defensive system” something that made sense that didn’t make him sound like a complete idiot.

  • Red

    Lol Knicks fans are getting brave after getting swept by an old Celtics team, heelarious. By the way, Clippers are a better team then the Knicks are right now.

  • Red


  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    I think it’s pretty obvious he’s saying the path to the Finals goes through the Miami Heat. Everyone getting their panties in a bunch over a player stating the obvious…

  • http://slamonline.cothem.m nbk

    unless of-course you consider hunting, going up to a bear, his other bear homie, and their moose friend (Bosh) with a pocket knife after you advertise that your trying to kill them.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Have you ever heard of Hyenas hunting a pride of male lions? me neither

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow


  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Click my name for some Hyena killing Lion action lol.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21


  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Just cause LeBron advertises a lion on his sneakers doesn’t make him one. Not anymore anyway. He’s a lioness if anything. He left his pride to join a real jungle cat’s pride.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    yeah… NO amare… you’re gonna ger ROCKED.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    Baahahahaa this reminds of the time Karl Malone was asked by Kobe’s wife “what ya hunting big man?” and Malone responded “little Mexican girls.”
    Being in Miami, Wade and Lebron – and especially Bosh – kinda are little Spanish girls

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Melo and Stat are gonna ruin Spo`s d. Love that Stat is out for blood.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid


  • Drunyce

    I concur O. You should expect that from the ‘experts’ on slam … Always carrying on like school girls. WTH is he suppose to say? Don’t answer that.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    fair point drunyce and O… even tho I disagree with his comments I like his competiveness

  • ChipS

    So, just because he wants to go after the team to beat in the East, he’s suddenly a idiot? Wow! Heat fans are so sensitive. And he didn’t go to the media and say it, it was a locker room conversation! You people get cramped up by the dumbest things and then make the dumbest arguements, especially NBK.

  • fizzbucket

    Kind of sick of Amare’s constant BS…that’s who he is I guess. Once he actually accomplishes something during his career I might listen.

  • wiz

    ya ur right marcel…they only do their talking on the court…do u pay attention to basketball????

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It’s a comment section chipS. The articles are posted for us too comment on. If you think someone says something stupid or idiotic, this little box is where we express that. Just like you expressed your inability to understand that concept.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    if he’s gunna hunt some Heat he better save some bullets for shooting Bulls too then

  • Red

    dang ChipS, u feeling ok after that? And Bulls will do better than the Knicks I’m sure.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Weird how chipS didn’t express his frustration at us doing the exact same thing to Chris Bosh’s comments.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    The only way I could like this comment even more was if Melo had said it first. It’s NY you know people are going to hate all year… Knicks are 2-0 baby! while LeBron is busy getting punked by Q-Rich!!!

  • dan

    this year ny will still have less wins than the heat at the end of the season. obviously the chances of winning a ring this year are lower than miamis chances. but in their direct meetings the knicks will beat the heat (like last season). and in 2012/2013 the knicks will be ready to take a serious shot at the title.
    so the critical time window is 2011/2012 – lebron must not win his title. i hope okc or chicago or maybe orlando can keep him from that.
    from 2012 the knicks will :D

  • dan


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

    i think it’s basically 29 teams and 340 odd players versus LeBron this year. Lets go refs.

  • burnt_chicken

    for a self-styled homophobe, eboy sure likes to comment on man-on-man sex a lot. A LOT. Just sayin….

  • BBaller

    I’m getting raw, F Miami, F Lebron, F Bosh, little respect for Wade but i hope NYC hunts and kills Miami.The biggest fraud in the NBA for 30 years.Yes i’m a hater only because i’ve never seen such organized disrespect for the game. If Miami win it i’ll be disgusted

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • 12ising Phoenix

    Dam , the Knicks get no love on Slam. Amare is just stating the obvious. Taking down Miami is their ultimate test to reach the finals. It’s not like he said this at a press conference… I think stat isn’t respected by many fans outside of ny. And he is a respectable dude, please regress on the hate. If he can’t back it up, then feel free to hate, until than let the man express his competitiveness, jeez.

  • BBaller

    Well said 12ising, i personally love the drive that inflamed STAT’s comments, he acknowledges who’s the target and why shouldn’t he let it be known that the Heat are the primary teams that the knicks go after. ( not a knicks fan)

  • ChipS

    Its not weird NBK, for the simple fact that Chris Bosh has the right to feel that he wants to be the best. Just like Amare has the right to go after the defending Eastern Conference champions. And me not understanding the so called “concept” of you deeming the guy a idiot for taking aim at a potential rival, is pure irony in itself. Now moving on from “talk until you sound dumb debates”, yeah the Knicks have to prove that they are willing and can play defense all year long, just like MIA have to prove that they’re over the fourth quarter collapse’s that palgued them in the finals. Amare and Melo have to prove that they’re focused on the defensive end. LBJ has to prove that he has a clutch gene. Bosh has to prove he’s not frail, and the team as a whole has to lose the Me Against The World attitude. Don’t be shocked if you see a NYK vs. MIA eastern conf. finals or a NYK vs. CHI matchup. Right now though, I’m leaning MIA vs. CHI rematch.

  • Brahsef

    Amare better watch out or Bron will put another 50 point triple double down at MSG

  • BBaller

    It all is pending on seeding, i think if last year year Miami got the 3rd seed and had to face NYC in the first round instead of Boston they would of surely be tested more. Match ups are so important in the playoffs, NYC will probably face chicago. ie 2nd round 1.Miami v 4.Boston, 2.Chicago v 3.NYC.
    i personally want to see Miami try to beat a healthy NYC over 7 games.

  • Justin G.

    I would personally be rooting for Lebron, Amar’e and Melo to dive after a loose ball and all three collide heads knocking each other out. Then again, getting those three to dive for a loose ball would be a miracle in itself

  • marc

    It seems like you guys are taking it way too serious. All ballers talk he wasn’t saying like they suck. He wants what they got. They were the eastern conference champs. Stop being so bitter and enjoy. And to be honest im not the biggest knicks fan.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfN-HzV_AOo&feature=related nbk

    you don’t get it chipS. This is a comment section, EVERYTHING here is dumb, the conversations about them will also be dumb, nobody is “cramped up” we are just giving our opinion, just like you do when you give your opinion on anything in the world that you don’t directly affect. It’s a place to waste time. So we give our opinion in this comment section, because that’s what it’s for. And the point about the Chris Bosh article is that you only jumped to the defense of your beloved Knick because YOU personally didn’t like what people were saying, not because we have somehow crossed the too dumb too talk about line for calling Amar’e's comments idiotic, rather than jumping to the defense of every person who says something the slam community finds asinine.

  • shutup

    I disagree, not everything here is dumb, some people have good insight even if i dont personally agree with them. I dont think Amare’s comment was idiotic. i think its great, great for team morale, great for fans and great for the game.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Amare is so stupid, he drinks stupid juice and eats stupid pooh for breakfast! Being competitive in a professional sport; how foolish of he! Right on!

  • shutup

    As an example, i never knew Clyde Frazier was that good until NBK pointed it out, and even though that conversation ended bad it gave me the motivation to look it up. Frazier to me has always been the annoying commentator on msg, who uses words incorrectly. Who knew he actually did work like that, I did see his jersey hanging in msg but never really gave it a second thought.

  • Brooklyn Bully

    Wow!!!Now let me get this story right He said that they heard that onetime stat said really?Is that how they do it in the Media?Trash talk hurt your feelins?Seeing the Knicks in the Playoffs will hurt Labron’s “Not one,two,three statement.Or Miami is the only team allowed to throw shots??Ha Ha it’s a New NBA !!

  • feez_22

    @O … You do realize that lionesses do the majority of “hunting” in their tribes right? i watched a documentary on lions… lionesses be hunting ROFL. they are faster… they just don’t eat first. The big dog lion eats first.

    to this amare hunting thing… hey amare… when you start playing D like a MAN you can make this statement. when you go to the finals you can make this claim. your team was pistol swept out of the playoffs by a team that lost in 5 to that south Floridian team you talk so lowly about (ya broken armed rondo but nonetheless). The knicks should be more worried about the bulls… the bulls in reality will be the team the knicks have the most trouble with this year. The heat probably are finals bound again but its the BULLS that will down the knicks this year and yall can book that.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    A short time ago, there were people who thought Stoudemire was a smart guy. It was right around the time when he started calling himself Jewish, and what not.
    Ah, well…

  • franklinpbailey

    Talk is cheap. Prove your comments on the court Amare.

  • Red

    Amare is a joke, I’d be surprised if he even survives these back to backs let alone be able to go hunting.Lebron is 26, he may just win a title before Jordan did. If he does you know well enough Heat fans will be calling him Jordan reincarnated.

  • http://Slamonlime.com 3x Cim8a

    Datz just dat NYC attitude love let them kno amare knicks are bacc n here to claim the throne the real 8east frum the East NyKz


    ^^^^ Word to Philosopher ^^^^