HoopsHype Amare Stoudemire rumors

March 21, 2014 Updates

A lot of people were like, "Why would you want to go to New York? There's no winning mentality there." They hadn't been to the playoffs in six years at the time. But the first year coming to New York was really trying to change to a winning mentality. That's why signing with the Knicks is still my biggest highlight in New York. I was like, "The Knicks are back." I mean, those words were gold to the city of New York, and to follow through with that was even more precious. I think that's why the fans here have such an open heart for me, because there was a time when a winning mentality was much needed and no one wanted to come to New York. It was a forbidden place, and I took the chance to come here and Mr. Dolan took the chance on signing me, so we had a great marriage. Bleacher Report

Reflecting on the past four years, the first year really stands out. It was all so much excitement that I had never felt before—playing the games and Raymond Felton picking the pick-and-rolls apart and throwing alley-oops, and then the behind-the-back passes and celebrations after the play, and then going out to dinner and having a good time with my teammates and my family and friends. Sometimes after a home win, we'd start off a dinner with four of us at a restaurant where I knew the owner, and by the time dinner was served, we'd be at a table with 20 celebrity actors and actresses. I mean, it was just incredible, and then we'd do it all over again and all over again. I also went to fashion shows and then Broadway shows. I mean, there was just so much excitement and I want that to continue in New York. I want to get back to those winning ways—to having so much fun, and for the fans. Once we get back to that then we'll be on our way. Bleacher Report

Melo and I have always been friends. We've always admired each other's games. My business team and I actually went out to dinner with Melo's friends in L.A. before the whole free-agency process started, and we talked a lot about playing ball together one day. That was definitely a highlight for me to play with him that first season; also breaking that 48-year-old record with the nine consecutive 30-point games. I mean, that was remarkable. Those are probably the two main highlights, and then making the playoffs for the first time in six years was a lot of fun, playing against Boston. Bleacher Report

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“Amar’e is playing his best basketball that I’ve seen in a while,” Raymond Felton said. “It’s really good to see him healthy, just playing at the level we know he can play.” So in his sixth start of the season and fifth straight, Stoudemire matched the 23 points he scored against Toronto on Dec. 28. The biggest difference this time: The Knicks won. They lost that previous game, when it was more a case of Stoudemire getting work in during a Raptors rout. But Monday was a continuation, more important because of Chandler’s absence. “Amar’e’s been playing unbelievably well,” Woodson said. New York Post

March 10, 2014 Updates

In the interview two years ago with HBO’s Real Sports, Jackson called the roster “clumsy.’’ “Well, they don’t fit together well,’’ Jackson said at the time. “[Amar’e] Stoudemire doesn’t fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together.’’ New York Post

March 8, 2014 Updates

ESPN reported Knicks general manager Steve Mills recently met with Phil Jackson offering a coaching job while others, including The Post, reported the team is interested in the legendary coach for a front-office job. Just another day for the Knicks. “I don’t know what’s going on. I stay out of it man. I focus on basketball, that’s my job. Stay out of it,” Amar’e Stoudemire said. “I guess when you’re not winning, it opens the doors for a lot of rumors, you know? Our job is to win. If we win, there wouldn’t be any of these distractions.” Just another distraction for the Knicks. “I hope not, not at this point. We’ve been through it this year. … We’ve been able to weather through most distractions so far this year and hopefully we can get over this one,” Stoudemire said. New York Post

March 7, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, Jackson once described the Knicks roster featuring Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire as clumsy. Anthony will become a free agent on July 1 and Garden Chairman James Dolan wants to re-sign the All Star forward. The Knicks would presumably give Jackson full autonomy but Donnie Walsh was promised full control only to have Dolan interfere with several moves, including the signing of Stoudemire and trading for Anthony. New York Daily News

March 3, 2014 Updates

Amar’e Stoudemire appeared to take exception to J.R. Smith’s recent remarks the Knicks aren’t showing enough “heart’’ during this free fall that continued with Sunday’s 109-90 blowout loss to the Bulls. Stoudemire indicated the controversial Smith perhaps isn’t one to judge character. “You have to look at yourself in the mirror before we make statements,’’ Stoudemire said when asked about the comments. “We got to make sure you’re playing hard first. You take care of yourself and then everyone else will follow suit. Until you do it yourself, then you can lead by example.’’ New York Post

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But right now he’s a big piece in the Knicks’ drive for a playoff berth and he expects nothing to happen at Thursday’s trade deadline, citing owner James Dolan’s words. “I would be surprised,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’m looking forward for nothing to happen. Dolan mentioned that earlier in the year. This is what we’re going to go with. I believe in him.’’ New York Post

Bill Simmons is out with his annual list of 30 worst contracts and although Amare Stoudemire, and not Joe Johnson, is at the top of the list, Simmons has three current Nets -- Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in the top 21 -- a possible future Net, Marcus Thornton at No. 11. In his final tally, Simmons has D-Will at No. 5 and Joe Johnson at No. 4 We've all read what Simmons thinks of those two, not to mention Billy King, so let's focus on what Grantland's founder thinks of the Nets target, Thornton. Not much love there as well. NetsDaily

February 11, 2014 Updates

Q: Did you give the Warriors permission to talk to Amare about a contract extension as a step in a possible trade? Steve Kerr: We never got that far. That would’ve been part of it. He would’ve been a free agent the following summer–obviously teams are reluctant to trade for coming free agents. That would’ve been the next part of the conversation… a physical and an extension and that kind of stuff. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: When you took Earl Clark over Jrue Holiday at 14 was that partly because you thought you had Curry and didn’t want to draft two point guards? Steve Kerr: We liked Holiday a lot. We still had Nash, we had Goran Dragic who we loved and we had a potential thought we had a potential deal involving Curry. We didn’t know what was going to happen. And so you toss all that together, we were thinking, ‘Well, we could end up with four point guards. Do we take a guy and then just let it sort out later?’ That’s probably the right thing to do, just take the best player and sort it out later. San Jose Mercury-News

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Woodson typically likes to play Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Tyson Chandler at center. Still, Stoudemire says he has let Woodson know that he wants to play more. “Yeah, I talk to Coach all the time about it,” Stoudemire said. “He knows I am ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court. The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train. I am ready to play. But it depends on how the game is played.” ESPN.com

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