Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 2:06 pm  |  29 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire is Frustrated With His Minutes Restriction

The Knicks have capped Amar’e Stoudemire’s minutes pretty tightly—he’s currently playing a max of about 10 minutes a game in two five-minute intervals—and it sounds like he’s growing pretty pissed about the whole situation. ESPN New York has the details: “Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is growing frustrated with the minutes limit the team has placed on him. ‘It’s making me look like my game is gone or that I don’t have game anymore because when you play five minutes, it’s just tough to really get in a rhythm,’ Stoudemire said before Saturday night’s 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In an effort to protect his oft-injured knees, the Knicks have placed Stoudemire on a limit of 10 minutes per game. He has been playing two five-minute intervals. ‘It’s tough to play five minutes and expect to be great in five minutes. It’s almost impossible,’ he said. ‘By the time you get up and down and get adjusted to the speed of the game, it’s already three minutes, and then in two minutes you’re out of there. And if you miss a shot, it feels [like] the world is collapsing on you because you’re expected to do so much and somewhat win the game in five minutes and it’s tough. It’s hard to deal with.’ Stoudemire has played in six of the Knicks’ nine games this season and sat out one game of each back-to-back set. Entering play Saturday, he had averaged 2.8 points on 37 percent shooting in 9.8 minutes. He had five points in a season-high 14 minutes on Saturday.”

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  • ScrewT

    That’s what happens when your best days are clearly behind you and you don’t offer your team much else.

  • spit hot fiyah

    his point is that he doesn’t get a chance to show what he can offer.

  • Jeremy de Sa

    When healthy he is one of the more dynamic players in the game.. injuries suck!

  • Max

    Should’ve stayed with the wonder docs in Phoenix!

  • Jerome

    Trade him to the Lakers … they like to pay washed up stars for nothing. Prove me wrong Kobe.

  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe even the wonder docs didn’t want him around

  • ScrewT

    Have you seen him play since he left the Suns? He’s been nowhere near the same player and is always getting hurt.

  • Caboose

    Well Amare, now you know how every role player or prospect in the NBA feels. Deal with it.

  • Caboose

    *3 years ago.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Um, he had one of the best years of his career with the Knicks. WTF have you been watching?

  • Zamir

    Did you guys forget before Carmelo came to new york Amare had that run in new york were he had 10 straight 30+ point games, amare can play woodsen just doesnt wanna give him a oppertunity he doesnt like amare

  • danpowers

    check your calculator ;)

  • JML-G

    this – he was MVP material in NY b4 Melo and injuries came

  • Theron Barry

    The Knicks organization is frustrated with your current skills/talent restrictions.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Yeah and he even made Fatass Felton look somewhat decent

  • Ugh

    Harsh, but fair.

  • urriah

    I think I read somewhere (not sure if It was in some forums or here) that the only reason phoenix didn’t offer Amar’e a max contract (which he wanted) was because the medical staff found some knee issues that might develop in 3 years (wonder docs might be appropriate)

  • Saleem Rainman

    Did u forget he’s had another liek 2 knee surgeries since then?

    im not tryna say he’s justifiably a 10 minute guy, but lets not pretend like he is the same dude that was doing all that 2+ years ago…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Correct. The medical staff not to guarantee anything after year 2 contract wise. And that message was passed along to the the insurance company who refused to cover his deal, so New York couldn’t even force him to (temporarily) retire

  • Will Lee

    get him to Houston. He’ll flair with that system, and he plays well with Lin and can be a stretch 4. Not sure if Houston wants to take up his contract though, but will it be a Sheed Wallace addition?

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  • DMC14

    do you remember when he played in phoenix?

  • DMC14

    he really is a 4. he started playing the 5 while at phoenix.

  • dmc14

    it was reported by slam on here.

  • Shooting Guard

    he should retire and spend more time at the synagogue

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