Unhappy Amar’e Stoudemire Wants to Discuss His Role With the Knicks

by May 20, 2013

According to Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson never gave him a chance to flourish alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Injuries, poor play and commons sense would disagree with STAT’s assertions, but still, Stoudemire would like to chat with Woody about his ever-diminishing role prior to next season. Per the NY Daily News: “Amar’e Stoudemire knows his contract won’t allow him to go anywhere and he wants Mike Woodson to make a commitment to make a frontcourt of Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler work. ‘We never gave it a chance,’ Stoudemire said after Indiana’s 106-99 victory eliminated the Knicks from the postseason. ‘So I think just the opportunity of allowing them to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table is something that I think I’m going to have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him.’ Stoudemire, who had knee surgery in October and again in March, was limited to 29 regular-season games and four in the postseason. He came off the bench in all 33 games and became a forgotten man in Games 5 & 6 against Indiana as Woodson elected to bench the $100 million forward in the second half of both. ‘It’s tough, it’s tough,’ he said. ‘It’s never easy to sit there and watch. But again, it’s Coach’s decision.’ Stoudemire has two years remaining on his uninsured contract and is nearly impossible to trade. He produced one field goal and zero rebounds in six minutes on Saturday.”