Taking Exception to Amar’e Stoudemire’s Comments

The Knicks have dealt with Amar'e Stoudemire's ongoing injury woes with patience and professionalism. The team is focused on getting the most out of him they possibly can, but understand anything he can give is most valuable only if it comes when the pressure is on and the stakes are at their highest.

Stoudemire's teammates, coaches, and the organization as a whole are behind him. Even the Knickerbocker fan base has been relatively understanding as they hope for the best.

The Knicks do have plenty of talent to fall back on, and the fact of the matter is they even proved to be very successful last season without the prowess of STAT. That said, perhaps his saying as much doesn't exactly help matters.

 

It's certainly a plus that his team isn't pressured and/or dependent on Stoudemire to rise up as a winning squad, but the big man should still feel and/or keep the pressure on himself to get back in a relatively timely matter, granted his return doesn't come at the expense of him making a minimized impact.

The fact of the matter is that Amar'e Stoudemire is a $100 million man. The team might not be pressuring him to return, but his contract should certainly weigh down on him to an extent. Someone who holds such a place on the team's payroll should want and/or aim to make as much of an impact as possible. Keeping Stoudemire fresh in time for the postseason by delaying his return or simply limiting his minutes isn't a worthwhile option. Not for a $100 million man, anyway. 
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