Amar’e Stoudemire’s scheduled trip to learn from Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston has been cancelled by the team, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The Knicks are wary of Stoudemire’s right knee, which was the subject of two debridement surgeries last year.
Since 2006, frontcourt NBA players have traveled to Houston for Olajuwon’s Big Man Camp in August. Stoudemire made the trip last year to strengthen his offensive post game at the suggestion of coach Mike Woodson. Olajuwon and Woodson were teammates on the Houston Rockets.
There is still a chance that Carmelo Anthony will attend. Anthony moved to power forward last season in Stoudemire’s absence.
Harris DeckerThis actually makes a lot of sense. At this point in his career, Stoudemire isn’t likely to grow as player, so resting his knees is probably in the best interest of the team. On top of that, his abilities as a big are not in question. It’s his ability to stay healthy that makes Knicks fans nervous. If Amar’e is able to stay on the court for any significant amount of time this year, the Knicks will be a much greater threat in the East.
Ben KopelmanAt first blush this report upsets me because I like to think of STAT as a guy who can continue evolving, becoming more of an okey-doke post player now that his speed and athleticism have started to waver. But when you think about it, all Amar’e and the Knicks should worry about is ways for him to be healthy and ready to help this team down the stretch and into next year’s playoffs. With that, extra rest, and focus on strength and conditioning are probably more vital to his and the team’s success than learning a new post-move.