Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  12 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Wishes He Was on the Olympic Team

Amar’e Stoudemire was left off the 20-man Team USA roster for the 2012 Olympics, and the Knicks’ big man is not exactly thrilled about it. From the NY Post: “Amar’e Stoudemire, whom the Knicks refused to allow play in the World Championships 1 1/2 years ago, sounded miffed at the announcement yesterday he is not on the final 20-man U.S. Olympic Team roster, and said he would like to play. Both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are on the roster, but it is expected only Anthony will make the final 12-man unit heading to London for the Summer Games. The Knicks pulled Stoudemire off the World Championship team in the summer of 2010 only weeks after he signed an uninsured $100 million contract. It ticked off USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo, who likely didn’t want to have to deal with the Garden politics again. Stoudemire said the Knicks haven’t said anything about him not being able to play for the Olympics and a team official said it doesn’t believe they have preference. ‘It’s definitely not my choice,’ Stoudemire said. ‘I would love to play. My loyalty is with USA Basketball … If they need me, I’m there.’”

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  • Justin G.

    The Knicks also wish you would play defense. That way maybe YOUR wish and theirs (as far as a deep playoff run)would come true.

  • logues

    maybe he should start playing defense and stop getting 2 rebound games

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Amar’e wishes his knees were insurable too. He also wishes he could treat offense and defense like an NFL player.

  • robb

    Amar’e wishes he was a superstar.

  • DerekG

    Poor Amar’e! I suspect the Knicks screwed him over on this one. Not to mention Aldridge, Blake and K-Love outperformed him!

  • jordan

    yeah and maybe if you didn’t get hurt in the second game of the playoffs last yr ! chandler deserves to make that 12 man team tho he’s 71% from the field right now and thats not including his defense

  • MikeC.

    Amare, stay home please.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I wish amare would stop talking. seriously.

  • Landry_legend

    He’s better off not playing and staying rested and healthy in the off season

  • chris

    once he stops being a 6’10″ two guard, maybe he might get that invite (and still not make the final roster). 100 mil and two rebounds a game- makes no damn sense. If Otis Smith is dumb enough, can we start those STAT for Dwight rumors now?

  • http://slamonline house

    Well, I wish I could play basketball like I am not an unco-ordinated un-athletic white guy, but we are what we are.

  • bull22

    what he needs to do is work hard and turn this 6-7 laughing stock knick team around…. he ran his mouth on how they would be a threat to miami heat only and they may not be able to beat the bucks in a seven game series..