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Amare Stoudemire is a Knick

There’s a million risks here, but ultimately it’s probably the right and defensible move providing it’s not doing things behind the scenes (like chasing off LeBron) that aren’t obvious. The most obvious risks are Amare’s health (the eye issue and knee problems which reportedly make him uninsureable) and the fact that he’s a pick and role player coming from a Steve Nash team where he’s spent his whole career to a “wait, who’s our PG again?” team. The former is mitigated partially by the Knicks’ ability and willingness to spend ludicrous money without regret and partially by the age range of the contract (27-32), and the latter is mitigated by his coming to a team whose coach knows him and his game and what he needs to flourish as well or better than anyone else. I don’t believe for a moment that Amare can be the best player on a title team- he’s nowhere near effective enough defensively and projects “I’m not a leader” in waves- but I do think he can be a capable #2, and the Knicks still have a max contract slot open to add that #1. It won’t be Wade, but it may still be LeBron and there’s that persistent Carmelo Anthony rumor out there.

This move clearly upgrades the Knicks now, and it doesn’t harm the flexibility they need to find their The Man in the future. If anything, the added credibility of having a real top guy- which Amare is and is perceived as- already in the fold can only help in that regard. While this isn’t what we’d hoped for out of this summer if this is all the Knicks can get done, it is something and it is progress, so well done to Walshtoni. Now we wait to see what else may come.


July 5, 2010 - Posted by | The NY Knicks


  1. Nice post right here bud! But man i really don’t think this is that great news for the Knicks. Sure at least they don’t go home empty handed but the fact of the matter in my opinion is that Amare Stoudemire is not going to lead your team to the promised land. It would be good for the NBA if the Knicks can get rolling but i don’t think Amare is the answer to their problem unless they can land a couple other marquee Free Agents. Also I’d love it if you would check out my blog because I really want to know what your opinion is on my thoughts

    Comment by Chris Ross | July 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. I will take anyone that will make going to MSG interesting again. I’m so desperate for ANYTHING, that Amare is awesome (assuming that we at least get one more top guy, even if it’s not LeBron).

    But to be honest, once the Nets move to Brooklyn, I’m supporting Brooklyn, so I might as well start following the team this year.

    Do you think the Nets are going to nab anyone big, or is it all talk?

    Comment by Tony M. | July 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. Chris: Thanks for reading! I checked out your blog- looks good, I shall keep an eye on it. I think we basically agree on the central point with Amare, that he’s not ever going to be the best player on a title winner. If I thought this was going to be the end of the summer for the Knicks I’d be frustrated, but with one more max slot available now plus the Eddy Curry money opening next year, I think the Knicks still have the flexibility to find the kind of player who can be an A#1 guy who Amare can play off of as well as role players who can address some of the issues Amare does leave and which you point out- the defense and rebounding primarily. I also think having a guy like Amare is going to make selling the team to those players easier; I mean, I love David Lee and Gallo, but they’re not the kind of names which impress top guys.

    Personally I’d always rather a team build slowly through the draft, but since the team has long made it clear they won’t, well… this was a reasonable move to me under the circumstances they’re in.

    Tony: I’d say give it a two year window with the Knicks- that Carmelo Anthony rumor either next year or at the deadline upcoming feels like there’s something so it.

    For the Nets… I think there’s a chance they’re in for LeBrosh. Not a good one (I think he sticks in Cleveland), but a chance. If that falls though they could look to Boozer or a collections of secondary and tertiary names (Tyrus Thomas is the rumor), but probably not anyone who’s a major star. The Nets, unlike the Knicks, have the young players and draft picks to allow them the luxury of building slowly. If Favors pans out, they could roll into Brooklyn in two years with a scary Lopez/Favors front line plus this year’s draft pick plus maybe another star from a sign-and-trade or Carmelo next year. They’ll be a fun and very good team sooner than people think.

    Just pray they don’t trade for Gilbert Arenas. That’s my nightmare scenario with them if they decide to “make a splash” at all costs.

    Comment by theshipbesinking | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. blah

    Comment by snooge | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. Really, is anyone convinced that Amare without Steve Nash is better than David Lee without Steve Nash? I’m not.

    Comment by snooge | July 6, 2010 | Reply

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