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Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire: 'I want to be a Knick for life'

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Stoudemire wants to stick around in New York forever. (USATSI)
Amar'e Stoudemire wants to stick around in New York forever. (USATSI)

The Amar'e Stoudemire era in New York hasn't exactly gone as planned. When he signed for five years and $99.7 million with the New York Knicks in 2010, he was supposed to help usher in a much better era for the Knicks. He was going to be one of the star players they brought in to bring respectability back. It happened at first too. The Knicks were incredibly competitive and Stoudemire was having his praises sung all around the basketball world.

However, recurring knee troubles and an awkward fit with Carmelo Anthony on the court have turned Stoudemire from one of the top players in the league to a salary cap albatross that can't be moved because his contract is uninsurable. Even though things haven't gone that well, Stoudemire still wants to remain a part of the Knicks for the rest of his career. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report tells us Stoudemire wants to win multiple titles with the Knicks and be a Knick for life.

I want to be a Knick for life and win multiple championships here. I don't want to go anywhere else, especially with Jackson coming in. He has an incredible legacy; it's probably unmatched. With a leader like that, it can only become a positive output with that type of leadership. He's been around great organizations, from Chicago to L.A., so now joining us with the Knicks, it's great to see. Regarding the Triangle offense, it's funny because I've been hearing that it would be great for me for the past six years. It could be possible that we implement the Triangle offense, and I just can't wait to perfect whatever system we're going to be in. I'm ready to get to work now.

Some may scoff at the idea of Stoudemire being brought back after his enormous deal is up in the summer of 2015. He could terminate his contract early this summer, but nobody expects an oft-injured big man with uninsurable knees to turn down one season of $23.4 million. He's unlikely to be traded because of the big number and the risk involved so his deal will expire in 2015 and he'll have a chance to remain with the Knicks for a huge discount.

If he really wants to be a Knick for life like he claims, he'd be willing to accept a small fraction of his current salary in order to remain a part of the Phil Jackson era that is just beginning at Madison Square Garden. But Stoudemire would have to be realistic about what kind of salary he can command in 2015. He'll be on the verge of turning 33 years old and hasn't had a truly productive year since 2010-11 when he averaged 25.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first season in New York.

Since that season, he's missed 88 games and has seen his minutes, role, and production decline significantly.

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