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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  24 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Expects to Start Dominating Again


Amar’e Stoudemire has had a subpar season so far, but he says that he’s ready to break out. Which the New York Knicks are desperately counting on in the second half of the year. From Newsday: “He expects himself and the Knicks to be a force over the final 31 regular-season games and in the playoffs. ‘We feel that we have enough on this team to win a championship,’ Stoudemire said after practice Tuesday. ‘We have the right personnel, the right players and the right mind frame. It’s a matter of us going out and playing the right way. And if we do that, we can do something special.’ [...] He’s averaging 17.5 points, shooting 44.7 percent and hasn’t been finishing around the rim the way he did in the past. When asked if he could get his explosiveness back, Stoudemire said: ‘Stay tuned. Stay tuned.’ He and coach Mike D’Antoni pointed out several reasons why the Knicks’ big man doesn’t look like the same player he was last season. It wasn’t mentioned, but the emotional strain of losing his older brother in a car wreck this month undoubtedly has had some effect on him. Stoudemire spent most of the offseason strengthening his back to try to prevent some issues he had last year. He said he wasn’t cleared to play full-court ‘until a little bit before training camp,’ and his rhythm has suffered. He also added about 15 pounds of muscle and came into this season at about 260; he played at 245 last season. D’Antoni has talked to Stoudemire about ‘getting his pop back.’ Stoudemire said he’s been shedding some of that weight, hoping it helps his mobility. ‘All of that might have played a factor,’ Stoudemire said. ‘There’s no excuse for that. I wanted to get stronger. I wanted to definitely heal my back. From a health standpoint, I feel great, but now it’s time to tune it up a little bit and play great basketball.’”

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  • Justin G.

    I don’t know about dominating but he definitely has his sense of humour back

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Lets go STAT. Lead us into the Playoffs bro. you been through alot, we understand. Its go time!!!!!

  • Paul H

    Keep your head up STAT, got to aim for something!

  • Powerwitdapen

    If STAT goes into beast mode, the Knicks gonna get a chip this year

  • 130623

    Hahahaha at knick getting a chip this year, that just cracked me up

  • 130623

    *knicks

  • crooklyn

    That dude needs to pipe down and learn to play defense. I watch all the hometown knicks games and amare’ is a straight up liability. Let’s not get it twisted – talented player but definitely ain’t make a name for himself in that dept. This team don’t need a star or a cheerleader, they just need to ball, not who starts, how many points, how many shots, just SHUT UP & PLAY BALL!!!!

  • bike

    There’s that 15 pounds of muscle added in the offseason again.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    lmao cosign justin

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Knick players are just as delusional as the NY media and fans. I can’t remember the last time a sub .500 team talk about winning championships as much as this Knicks squad.

  • Ldub

    dont talk about it…do it!

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Word son! Dominate like you were befo… wait, when were you dominating?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Truth be told, we’ve already seen the best of Amar’e Stoudemire.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor, ofcourse Jeremy Lin makes them a championship caliber team… how doesn’t a guy who wasn’t good enough to play for Golden State not make New York the 3rd best team in the East………..

  • trent

    U know, it’s 1 thing to learn how to play in the post (finally Lebron!) It’s another thing that you have to “learn” to play defense? When he started playing, how did he miss that fundamental? That’s what always disappointed me about Amare. Great scorer, sh!tty defender. He’s great against a team like say the Bobcats. But against the elite teams? What’s the +/- on him in those situations? When he starts to become at least an average defender, I’ll take him more seriously.

  • startown

    If they finish the 7th or 8th seed, they will play Miami or Chicago, don’t see them advancing

  • bike

    Amar’e has never been the same after his knee surgery. He’s a mere shell of his former self and coming to grips with his mortality.

  • Jerome

    Stay tuned? As soon as the STAT/MELOdrama starts again NY will return to the pre-Lin ways. The only reason to watch the Knicks is purely as a cautionary tale.

  • retrobat

    I may not be Amare Stoudamire, but rebounds scare me.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    we’ve all known Amare is allergic to defense and rebound, but at least he was dominating last year offensively. why? because the knicks had a point guard and a few shooters. then Melo happened and team dynamic was completely screwed.
    and mike d’antoni can help the situation if he finally decides that the point guard’s primary pick and roll partner should be amare, instead of tyson “only throw me alley-oops please” chandler.

  • bull22

    amare going into robocop mode,beast monk,monk mode the last few seasons.
    i respect your game amare but shut up and play and let your game speak for itself…

  • MikeC.

    @albie – I’ve been screaming that at my TV since December 25th. Why is Chandler the primary screener? It’s well-known that Amare isn’t a good rebounder, and Chandler is. Why isn’t Amare running the P&R with the ball-handler with Chandler crashing the boards? They need to run a few plays for Chandler to reward the big guy for working hard on the boards and D, but Amare is an offensive star who finishes plays off P&R sets. Why he’s being isolated and asked to stand around and shoot contested 17-footers is beyond me. If Amare isn’t getting the right touches and contributing 23+ppg, then what is he bringing to the team? It sure ain’t his defensive intensity and commitment to rebounding. I always gave D’Antoni the benefit of the doubt because the roster has been in turmoil since he got to NY. He has a stable roster now, and it seems like he forgot how to use it. Amare has been one of the most devastating P&R finishers in the league since he was drafted. He has a nice 17-footer now, so P&R P&P should be the bulk of NY’s offensive sets. Mix up the screener and the ball-handler so Melo can pick and roll/pick and pop as the screener, but also play the 2-man game as the ball handler and Amare as the screener. Damn. I’m frustrated now.

  • bobbyD

    He might, but I certainly don’t.

  • Justin G.

    @nbk…Just for the record, I don’t think Lin wasn’t good enough for Golden State. Mark Jackson and other management said that Lin was simply the odd man out because they needed to free up money to pay Kwame Brown. @Powerwitdapen…If he goes into beast mode they might make game 6 of the second round.

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