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Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:05 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:47 pm
 
New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire criticizes the effort of his teammates. Posted by Ben Golliveramare-stoudemire

The good news for Amar'e Stoudemire when he signed with the New York Knicks this summer? He was set to make almost nine figures over the course of his new contract.   The bad news? To earn the money, he would have to play for the New York Knicks. That was the rub the whole time for Stoudemire, who chose to leave a title-contending Phoenix Suns team, led ably by veteran point guard Steve Nash, the player best suited to bring out Stoudemire's potential greatness, to head east to play alongside youngsters, fringe professionals, and young fringe professionals. Just 10 games into the 2010 season, the other shoe has dropped for Stoudemire. After starting the season 3-7, including five straight losses, Stoudemire went off on his teammates after a Sunday night loss to the Houston Rockets.
"I don't understand why we're not playing with the urgency," a visibly dejected Stoudemire said. "I'm not used to that. We don't have that sense of urgency. It's almost as if it doesn't matter. That's something I'm not used to.
"I try to instill the fact that we have to play with sense of urgency. It's not like we won four games in a row, we lost four games in a row. We just still are not having the sense of urgency. We're not showing that we really want it."

Stoudemire's frustration is understandable, given that the team's current five-game losing streak included losses to 2-8 Philadelphia, 3-8 Minnesota and 3-6 Houston. If you can't stack up early season wins against those teams, it doesn't bode well for the long haul.

Meanwhile, in Phoenix, the Suns are coping without a real replacement for Stoudemire, using a bunch of perimeter power forwards to make due. While Nash seemed frustrated with his situation earlier in the season, the Suns are 5-4 after a surprising Sunday win over the Los Angeles Lakers.  Surely, that success makes New York's struggles that much more frustrating for Stoudemire. But one gets the feeling that more frustration is in store for Stoudemire this season, given that he is not capable of single-handedly carrying a team to the playoffs.  Until he gets a superstar tag-team teammate that has been rumored for months, Stoudemire needs to find a better way to deal with the losses. Otherwise, things could get a lot worse, quickly.
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:11 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

Wow, 2 weeks into the season and Stoudemire is already complaining...Like many players, he's finding out the grass isn't always greener on the other side...



Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:03 pm
 

He can't do it by himself

Amar'e is undoubtedly one of the best in the league and I do think he is worth the money.  However, there is no one player in the league that can carry a team by themselves - all of the best teams have at least 3 top notch players.  The Knicks have talent, but they are still developing.  Amar'e is correct about the passion, though.  I've watched a bunch of games this season and there seems to be a lack of conviction when some of the other players are out there; the coaches need to put some fire under thier tails.  Also, it will take a little time for the team to gel and build chemistry.  They do need to run some half court offense other than a pick and roll with Amar'e, and just running the court, tossing up jumpers left and right is not going to consistently win games for them - D'Antoni, I'm looking at you. 



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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:43 am
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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:42 am
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:35 am
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

I dont know why he's frustrated. He didn't go there to win. He went there to get paid!



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:24 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

Lebron could not take this team anywhere as well???

Really? Are we not just 10 games into the season?

Also, Amare was not the runner up.
Top 3 FA ALL went to Miami.
Actually. Amare was the big booby prize. He is WAAAAYYYY overpaid, and by midway through this contract he will be the next Jermaine O' Neal.



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:34 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

They put all their eggs in the basket got lebron and got the runner up. Lebron could not take this team anywhere as well. They need 2 to 3 solid players and minimum two years playing together and thats a start.



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

When you come to the knicks just get your money, shut up, lose a couple of games and leave or get traded.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:35 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

Hard to develop team chemistry, when with the exception of 2 or 3 players everyone else is in 'tryout' mode.
Being a fan of this team is like 'waiting for godot'



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Amar'e Stoudemire goes off on Knick teammates

The Knicks may have more talent than in recent years but haven't developed much team chemistry just yet.
Of course they have little or no interior defense. Before he got hurt Turiaf provided some defense in the paint
but without him they have none. The opposing teams are killing them inside and down low.


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