Amar’e believes he can still be ‘dominant’

Adam Zagoria

Amar’e Stoudemire has had three knee surgeries in a one-year span and endured a diminished role with the Knicks since he first arrived as their $100- million man, but he still believes he can be a dominant NBA player.

“I have a lot of talent left in this body to still improve as a player and become my dominant self again, which I feel that I’m at now,” Stoudemire said after going for 15 points and 7 rebounds in Wednesday’s 94-90 loss to the Blazers.

“And so when the opportunity presents itself then I’ll show you guys what I can do.”

Stoudemire has been grousing about his minutes of late and taking not-so-veiled shots at coach Mike Woodson.

He played 21 minutes against Portland, including six in the fourth period.

“I feel better than I did when I first got here, just as strong” said Stoudemire, averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. “My game feels like it’s polished a little bit more since that first year so I feel great. The fact that I’m healthy and I feel great and so whatever happens, happens.”

Stoudemire, 31, has one year and $23.4 million left on his Knicks’ deal but sounded as if he believes he can still play at a high level for a number of years.

“Oh, man,” he said, “I got a lot of game left in this body.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

52 comments
David
David

Cant wait till Amare, Chandler, Martin, and felton all come off there contracts boy are they all terrible. Theres no way we can keep hoping for them to make an impact on us. THEY GOTTA GOOOOO

kswilli85
kswilli85

Im sorry STAT give it up.. if he plays 25min 3 times in one week his misses another 3 weeks.. his knees are shot and I feel bad for him

Zach14
Zach14

Resign STAT asap!

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Sadly, this is similar to what McGrady and Steve Francis said when they tried to regain impact form as Knicks... Amare's game has many flaws but I can't blame him for being injured. So many guys pi$$ their talent away in this league without that excuse.

The problem with Amare is obviously his huge contract, which cripples the team from a salary cap standpoint. I blame Knicks management for burning their amnesty right on Billups (after exercising a team option!) for at least contributing to this problem. If we had simply saved it for a rainy day this once-proud franchise could well be in a better position.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Realistically if Melo is traded, I don't see how he goes anywhere outside of L.A. or Chicago.  Could we swing a third team in if we don't want anyone from the Lakers, Clippers, and Chicago?  Yes, but he's more than likely not re-signing anywhere else.

rjv3
rjv3

Agree, Stat way to optimistic when it comes to his health. If he really wanted to become dominant, he should work on playing some D and then maybe he get more burn to prove his point.

buddhabing
buddhabing

The problem is Amare has shown himself to be overly optimistic when it comes to his health. Always proclaiming he feels phenomenal one sec and then being put on the DL the next. Hard to take what he says with anything but a grain of salt.

lindro88
lindro88

Amare is a proud guy and a hard worker.  Unfortunately no matter how good he may look right now, we all know that he eventually going to break down again.  Like most of the team he is also in denial.   

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

On the Knight play Monday, Felton he said hit a “tough shot.’’

“Guys hit game-winners,’’ Felton said. “I’ve hit game-winners in people’s faces. You hate it. It sucks. It’s a bad feeling when it happens.’’

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR..................


http://nypost.com/2014/02/06/knicks-starting-to-tune-out-thin-ice-woodson-source/


“The players genuinely like him, but it seems like they all see where this is going and a lot of what Woody is saying isn’t getting through,’’ a league source told The Post. “It’s kind of a scapegoat thing, but the reality is once you lose the group, that’s it. And I would say that moment is close.’’

skot
skot

I have great respect for how hard Amare works and tries to come back stronger every time he gets hurt. The defensive end has been the main problem with him and even though Bargnani has managed to make Amare look respectable on defense, he still has ways to go on that end.


The coach has been a big problem for the Knicks this year. They keep making the same mistakes again and again and there is very little done by the coach. With 6 seconds left before half time, they give the ball to Melo just inside the far end with two Blazers on him. Melo barely crosses the half court and launches a shot. How many times have we seen this with no success? The situation called for a quicker PG or a long pass to get the ball across the half court line quickly and have at least 3 secs left to get a good shot. Giving the ball blindly to Melo at the end of quarters has to stop. Almost 90% of the time the shot clock gets down to about 8 secs before the Knicks get into their offensive sets. More often than not, we find the Knicks players with their backs to the ball on the defensive end resulting in a PG or someone else sneaking behind their backs all the way to the basket. More often than not, we see the Knicks trot back on defense and keep getting beat. Very rarely we see Knicks players boxing out for a rebound. There are so many more issues like these that can easily be corrected. But for some reason, the Coach and his staff haven't done so and I am at a loss to come up with some reason for this. It is so frustrating that there is no accountability for any one on this team.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

ALL AROUND THE WORLD SAME SONG...................

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Silver needs to contract starting w/ Cleveland and Sacramento

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Well apparently kyrie asked for a trade following his 4th quarter benching last night

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

This is not about the Knicks, but if you think JR is dumb, you need to read how sloppy Paul George is.

He apparently is/was dating Doc Rivers daughter and made the mistake of getting a stripper pregnant and offering her $1 million bucks to "get rid" of the problem.

Sloppy, sloppy sloppy. 

lindro88
lindro88

@OLDKNICK  It wasn't Felton's fault that Woodson wasn't smart enough to have his best defensive player gurarding the guy everyone in the building knew was taking the last shot. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK  

This is the reverse Melo trade;

Parsons=Gallo

Jones=Ill Will

Lin=Felton

Asik=Mozgov

2015 pick=2014 pick, 2016 swap rights, 2 second rounders

The only difference is there is no dumping of bad players; Shelden Williams, Billups, Carter, and Balkma. That would be an unbelievable haul for Melo, considering that he is pushing 30 and making about $7-8 million more per season.

brookdon
brookdon

Switch Lin for another pick then not too bad.

lindro88
lindro88

@OLDKNICK  A total pipe dream of a trade.  Jones is 24 years old and is turning into a top flight power forward.  Parsons is also young and is an excellent two way small forward.  Not to mention the fact that Harden is in Houston to be the dominant scorer.  Houston already is one of the best offensive teams in the NBA, they don't need Carmelo Anthony.  This isn't fantasy basketball.  The Rockets are legit contenders in the West right now with the team they have.  Adding Melo would be a huge risk to the chemistry they have.  If this trade was ever proposed the Knicks would be insane not to jump on it.   

rico
rico

@orlando_knickfan  I STILL wouldn't tirade any picks. 


That said I don't know why Toronto would make this trade.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jesse Brand  


Where did you see that? I like Kyrie...he can score. With that said, he doesn't play defense nor is he a good assist man. He doesn't run his team well and he's a diva that talks about his brand after losses. His teammates complain about him. Even Andrew Bynum said that Kyrie Irving has no idea how to win. He's played how many years and he's already b!tching. He needs to pay his dues. He's responsible for the losses as well. The fact that he was named an all-star by the fans makes him feel like he's not responsible at all but he is. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Jesse Brand  We can dream but we all know that attaining him is not going to happen. Even though this is the optimal moment.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired general manager Chris Grant, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

brookdon
brookdon

18 years, Paul George. 18 years.

Don't they teach players how to handle themselves around girls during the rookie symposium? Damn.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@orlando_knickfan  Those damn strippers always taking these poor guys seeds... LMAO

No jimmy hat for a stripper... Crazy just crazy . I know I am getting too old and so glad I am no longer "IN THE GAME"

denelor
denelor

@orlando_knickfan  JR's problems start and end with his basketball IQ.  Plenty of players have lived rough and tumble off the court and been brilliant on it.  


The whole point with JR is that if he played smarter, no one would care what he did off the court.  But he plays dumb and he lets his off the court nonsense affect his play (like the playoffs last year).  

ScottE
ScottE

@lindro88 @OLDKNICK  Felton knows.  He tried to do his best but he could not.  Woodson knows too, he tries to do his best, but Dolan won't let him.

zebeto
zebeto

@barnaby87 @OLDKNICK...if he really wants a Title ...then I think he would resign .........and dont forget Houston is the 4th or 5th largest city in the US . ...not a small markey team .

ScottE
ScottE

@Knicks_Fanatic @OLDKNICK  Oh God why did you have to mention Billups?  It's hard enough dealing with the Knicks current situation without being reminded that we gave up more for Melo because of him, picked up his option, only to amnesty him.  One catastrophe at a time, please.

andthenjohnsaid
andthenjohnsaid

@NoVaCaInE @OLDKNICK  so you are going to ignore the fact  that harden played with westbrook and kd with no issues, INFACT he was the primary ball handler during that time? oh but him and melo need more than 1 ball or the court.. SMH people just talk out of their butt sometimes

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Had to be cause of the trade request

babyface
babyface

@denelor @orlando_knickfan He should start by stopping dribbling!  He thinks he's mister shake-and-bake, but for cryin' out loud, how many times this season has he been stripped trying to make some kind of showy move?  Or even when he's just dribbled out most of a possession?

brookdon
brookdon

Was gonna say the same thing. Getting pregnant by a basketball player would be a lifesaver for some of these girls.