Knicks Blog Player of the Week: Amare’ Stoudemire

Sam Spiegelman

The New York Knicks fell to 1-2 on the week after falling in overtime to the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night. Another disappointing week makes for another difficult decision in terms of which player deserves Knicks Blog Player of the Week honors.

Strictly statistically speaking, Amare’ Stoudemire has stepped up his game the past week and has made a case for his previous request for more minutes. STAT is averaging 17 points and 6.7 rebounds over the past four games, and has shot almost 58 percent from the floor while playing about 26 minutes per game. Last night, he played a season-high 37 minutes.

Without a doubt, Stoudemire has been the Knicks’ most consistent weapon off the bench. As long as he has been healthy he’s been a steady contributor, and it seems as if the veteran forward has found a rhythm in his new role.

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OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

Report: If you want Rajon Rondo or Jeff Green then Celtics want a lot in return


“If Danny gets a monster offer for Rondo, I don’t think he’s attached to him in the sense that he’s untradeable,” Mannix said. “But I think it’s going to take a huge, All-Star level Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen type of offer.” (To be clear, he means a blockbuster deal like the ones the Celtics made to get those two in 2007, not bringing those two back.)

“I think at this point, Jeff Green is absolutely on the table for a deal. I think if Boston can find a way to find a way to get either a first-round draft pick or some kind of young piece back that can be better for their future, they would be willing to deal him,” he said. “The problem is that other teams are seeing what Jeff Green is, and other teams are seeing just how much money Jeff Green is making, and I don’t think they’re willing to deal for him.”


http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/12/report-if-you-want-rajon-rondo-or-jeff-green-then-celtics-want-a-lot-in-return/

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

Unfortunately, it's unimaginable that the Knicks can become real contenders while Amare's contract is still on the books... While I do expect a minor deal before the break (and I hope it isn't Shumpert for Faried), I would hate to see them take on longer term contracts for short term improvement.

The focus now has to be gearing up everything for the 2015 offseason. That means developing players who'll still be around then and lining up contract expirations. It also means trading away veterans with value in exchange for young players and/ or picks.

The elephant in the room is Melo, of course, and whether we decide to sign him as the centerpiece of that team.

Sandro
Sandro

Kendal Marshall with 14 points and 17 assists...

Say what you want about D'Antoni but he can make PG's look like All-Stars at will.

Woodson can make All-Stars look like D-Leaguers SMH

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Lol so many of us Knick fans are caught between hoping for change and knowing that when Guitar Jimmy is involved, change usually means something bad...

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

Does anyone else get the fear that the Knicks will either stand pat at the deadline or do something stupid like trade THJ for Andre Miller?

jax13
jax13

Think spurs would trade patty mills for beno?

jax13
jax13

Spurs n wiz want him.....

jax13
jax13

It would not be much but what could beno get us in a trade? 2nd rounder?

jax13
jax13

If Lin came back, did he and melo get along first time around?

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1 

Most interesting item unearthed so far is that Dolan will join team Tuesday in Memphis. That indicates 2 me Woodson will still b coach..cont

The trade deadline is Thursday. So Dolan's presence might mean heads are about to roll, Woodson's too, perhaps, if Knicks fall flat again...
Or it could mean Dolan is in Memphis to meet with Lionel Hollins, who still lives there, I believe...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK  

Six days left until the trade deadline. What will all the fantasy GM's do when they can't propose trades?

Sandro
Sandro

@Brostoevsky

In Amare, we had a overpaid PF that couldn't defend or stay healthy. What do the Knicks do? Jeopardize the little flexibility they had, to go chase Bargnani, another overpaid PF that can't defend or stay healthy.

That is the kind of management that you trust to re-build around Carmelo, eating up 40% of cap space by himself?

Dolan is making it very hard to support this organization. Every call they make turns out to be the wrong one. We have a GM that knows nothing about player evaluation, cap rules or negotiating power. We have a coach that knows nothing about basketball besides the "give the ball to your best guy on offense, and switch on defense so he doesn't have to run too much".

This team needs a full rebuild, from top to bottom. I don't even mind Dolan as a owner, as he is a good guy to have around when it comes to wasting money. But the Knicks need a GM à la Pat Riley, whom doesn't take crap from his boss, and operates independently.

Until then, It'll always be sub-par coaches. with sub-par players.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Sandro Sadly after watching the Knicks offense under Woodson, I lament the offensive competency of 'Antoni. At least there was no ruse with him as coach, we weren't being sold on him as a defensive specialist.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro  It is amazing what NO"D"ANTINI can do with basic point guards... 

Sometimes we knick fans forget chris duhon, but that guy was nothing before coming to NYC and nothing when he left... But had some very memorable games as a knick.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Mark my words...Knicks will not trade THjr (unless it involves a package which gets us Rondo or Kyrie). Now on the other hand, Shump & Tyler are being negotiated right as we speak.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Josh Gabriel  

I don't think any big trades will go down, but I think Woody is here to stay for the year, especially after Dolan's "I am a patient owner" statement from that NY Post interview (only interview in how many years?)


Then again, Dolan said in the same interview " When a coach loses a team … that’s when a coach is kind of done."

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@jax13  

A 2nd-rounder would be a great get, but it depends on the team's need for a backup PG.  Wiz need one...Knicks should try to get back a 2nd-rounder or Glen Rice Jr.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@jax13  

Lin isn't coming back. Dolan is still in charge. Melo and JR both spoke out against Lin.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@SheSaidSpikeWho  

As a musician, I might offer a less sinister reason for Dolan venturing to Memphis. Memphis is the home of the blues and has a plethora of blues clubs in town. 

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

@Sandro @Brostoevsky  I agree the team needs a full rebuild - the big question is whether you do it with or without Melo. 


The quick answer to your question about trust is no -- I do not trust this organization to rebuild around Melo. But I don't (nor could anyone logically) trust them to do ANYTHING, including rebuilding without Melo through the draft. The whole issue becomes circular. 


I do not lay the losing at Carmelo's feet, and I think you need a superstar to win in this league. Landing one via the draft or free agency is no guarantee, so I always lean towards keeping one if you already have him on the roster. 


This logic tells me we ought to keep Melo and rebuild AROUND him. I know where you stand on the issue. 


Lamentably, even if we select the right strategy, success will still be a question given the ineptitude of the organization. 

Sandro
Sandro

@OLDKNICK @Sandro

True that. He is not a great coach, but when his offense is clicking, it is the most entertaining out there.

He made Felton look like an All-Star. Felton.

He made Duhon look solid, is doing the same with Marshall, turned Nash into a MVP...

He just couldn't get Douglas to look decent. Well, I think no one could anyway LOL

Sandro
Sandro

@Chris @Sandro

Nah, they're better losing all the games now.

Keeping your draft picks can do that to you.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@StraightShot  I'm not looking for any big trades. I don't expect Rondo here. But they have to do something. Maybe Shumpert, Chandler for a pick and player. Something that says we are trying to improve. Some new energy to spark the club because it really sucks right now.


Btw: How good of a guitarist is Jim Dolan?

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@jax13  I think the Knicks get lucky if they get a 2nd round pick for Beno.

jax13
jax13

I remember jr saying something. I was not sure about melo

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

@Chris @Brostoevsky  You mean the old school Alex English/Kiki/Fat Lever teams? A little before my time, but yes - I hear that was a treat

Chris
Chris

@Sandro @OLDKNICK  He could coach offense, just not so much defense, and you have to have a bunch of spot up shooters with no conscious 

Chris
Chris

@Brostoevsky  You should have seen Denver. They would drop 140 and lose

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

D'Antoni's system is a stat machine. My favorite Knicks game of the year used to be the Warriors-Knicks game at MSG when it was Don Nelson vs Mike D coaching. Zero defense played or even attempted. Both teams would be up around 120, and I remember one game in particular where Duhon had 20+ assists and David Lee had a 30-20 or something insane like that.

I will say that I expected Lee's numbers to decline much more than they did when he left. He really improved his jump shot in that last year here

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Josh Gabriel @StraightShot  

You won't find any guitarist that CAAres about his craft as much as JD.  Love working with/for him.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@jeandd323 @jax13  Dont forget before Isiah even got here!!! Remember Isiah was brought here to fix the big mess before him... LOL we always forget that since dolan got in charge it has been all down hill. Way before Isiah was invited in...

jeandd323
jeandd323

@jax13  I do not remember Melo saying anything about Chris Smith contract and roster spot ... 


The Knicks have a culture of nepotism. Dolan spends money but he does not surround himself with good Basket Ball people. See how Prokorrov dismisses incompetent people ? Sometimes he overreacts but I prefer an owner who does not tolerate mediocrity rather than Dolan and his goons. From Isaiah, to Greenwald, D'antoni, Woodson, Walsh ... all useless figure heads who drove our Knicks to the ground !!!

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@jax13  Now that is the absolute truth that almost all of these fans cannot fathom!

jax13
jax13

Jr too but these guys live in a fantasy world that we cannot even fathom

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@VerySilentJay @StraightShot @jax13  

It's an unwritten rule that you don't talk about about another man's money like that.  Let alone a player in the same sports league as you.  

Unclassy, unnecessary comment from Melo. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@jax13  It's always been an issue between top players, among all sports, especially for players who are undeserving of whatever money they're getting (which applies to 99% athletes in any case).

jax13
jax13

At the time Lin was in the league for like a handful of games n got that 15mil year in his contract. Guys in league would get jealous