Amar'e Stepping Up at the Right Time

Boy, the plight of Knicks fans. So many years of having to deal with bad contracts.

This is why, I believe people are quick to jump to conclusions, especially when talking about Amar’e Stoudemire  Stoudemire, who lacked any mid range jump shot or bounce to his step for the first few months of the season, was done physically I heard people say.

Coming off a back injury that caused him to sit during the playoffs last year and an extended work stoppage that hampered his rehabilitation, Stoudemire showed up to camp with an extra 10+ pounds of muscle on his frame. Gone, initially, was the explosive hop that caused Stoudemire to earn All-NBA honors again last year.

Amar’e has been the consummate teammate. He’s been forced to learn the 4 position as the offense has tried to mix in Jeremy Lin, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony.

I’ve had a ton of back and forths on Twitter about Amar’e and I’ve always held back on calling him “done” because I wanted to see if he had the capabilities to get himself back physically for a long playoff stretch. This has been a wacky set up in terms of how an athlete conditions themselves physically, and no one works harder at it than Amar’e.

He’s dunking everything now. He’s in a great groove. He looks like a player who can sustain all the way until June and can play his best basketball over the next several months.

The NBA season, normally, is a marathon, not a sprint. This year it’s been a bit of both and it’s great to see Amar’e getting back in a great offensive rhythm.

Oh, and his defense has been pretty good recently as well.