Knicks need a jolt from Amar’e Stoudemire

Harris Decker

We-might-not-see-Amare-Stoudemire-in-this-outfit-again-for-a-while.-Getty-ImagesIt’s hard to believe that this is where the Knicks are in the season. Sitting at 5-15 after another brutal loss last night to the Cavaliers, things seem to be spiraling out of control. The time has come to turn to the man who was once credited with saving the franchise. When no superstar would consider the toxic environment in New York, he came. Now, the time has come to unleash Amar’e Stoudemire.

This season, Stoudemire has averaged 15.3 minutes per game and in that time, he’s been more than productive. He’s averaging 6.2 points, shooting above 50% and isn’t disappearing on the defensive side of the ball the way he has in years past. What the Knicks need is more Stoudemire.

Last season, in 29 games, he averaged 23.5 minutes and in the seasons prior to that he was always above 30 per game. Now that it appears he is healthy, it’s time to let the guy play. Sure it could mean that he’ll break down at the end of the season, but at this point, there might not be anything to play for.

I’d go as far as to start Stoudemire. It will give the team a little bit of a spark, and doing this against the Bulls, at Madison Square Garden tonight, could be just what the doctor ordered. He’d have to come out early, probably playing about 25 minutes, but his attitude and aggressiveness has been clear as day and is desperately needed from the opening tip. He’s playing with a vigor and fight that Knicks fans remember only as a distant memory.

Against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, Amar’e put up 15 points on 7 for 10 in 27 minutes. If Mike Woodson can start to lean on his production at that pace, it could be a big help for the rest of the team. Especially if he gets inside and finishes the way he has been. It will open things up on the outside and keep things moving in an offense that tends to get stagnant.

The other thing Stoudemire can bring to the table is leadership. While we get on Carmelo Anthony for not making the team around him better, he’s doing everything he can to lead by example. Stoudemire can do the same. He’s a competitor through and through and if he can take a little pressure off Anthony, it would be another boost to the struggling team.

Stoudemire has looked great. Now I’m asking for a little bit more. Let’s get him the ball. Let’s put him out there for 25 minutes a night and while we’re at it, why not give him the start at the Garden tonight!




252 comments
SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Instead of beating Orlando and the Nets by 78 points combined, I wish we could spread those points amongst the 15 losses so maybe we could have more wins. 

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

My mom (who is about 60 years old) sends me a text telling me "Did you know that there is no Jeff tonight...because he's taking over the Knicks tomorrow...but they're not telling us that Woody is gone." Lol Lol my mom has been furious with this team lately. 

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Waived Stat next season and just eat the contract. No way they will be able to buy it out. Give him an office position if nobody sign him.

Nick White
Nick White

WERE STUCK WITH HIM FOR 2 MORE YEARS WHY NOT PLAY HIM ?! SIMPLE AS THAT ! GET RID OF JR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

SAS going off on Mark Warkentien and insinuating that we could have had LaMarcus Aldridge in pretty much the same mini-rant.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Maybe we could trade Bargnani for 3 draft picks, a lights out 3 point shooter, and some filler.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Amar'e is the only one that truly shoots in the paint with any consistency lol. If he could shoot 3's, he'd probably be chucking it up with the rest of 'em.  

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

SAS says the Knicks are the Grinch that stole Christmas.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

SAS just said that Bynum is just shy of Jabba the Hut and somehow got a follow up rebound dunk.

LOLOLOL

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Rollover points.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

I can already tell your mom is a bigger fan than half of the people on this board.

ds2488
ds2488

@therealprof


 lol I cracked up at the summary of Ray.  Loved this bit: 


 "He’s shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor and a pitiful 27.9 percent from three-point range, his PER is well below average at 12.1 and he’s a starter for one of the NBA’s three worst defenses. More important, though, he’s not going to accidentally win games with his offense or defense. Other poor early-season PER performers such as the Lakers’ Steve Blake or the Celtics’ Avery Bradley offer legitimate value with their three-point shooting and on-ball defense, respectively.

rgm891
rgm891

@akamarb Dolan has to be waiting for the 15 so he can probably package shump in a bigger deal.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Love how suddenly Novak is missed.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jared Nieves Lol. He lives in Indiana so that must make it worse. I live in fort lauderdale...all my friends tell me to come to the winning side lol. 

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@Jared Nieves 

This is great!  LOL


Amare - you need Icy Hot spray!  LMAO!!!!!!!!!!



knickfan2
knickfan2

Back to the age old debate...

Grade of saw vs. Grain of salt

I love TKB

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

He said it right at 1:30 pm and you can rewind the ebcast.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Yup.  Said it last week that CAA negated the Aldrige inquiry in favor of Bargs.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

We are going to miss that 2016 first rounder and the two second round picks more than Novak. Three point shooters aren't too hard to acquire.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@NYKnickerBocker Amar'e needs Icy Hot Gatorade. Lol


Amar'e needs to put Icy Hot patches underneath his knee pads. lol

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

That's the only reason I was against the trade. The picks and Bargs injury history.