HoopsHype Spike Lee rumors
Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh, who thanked Isiah Thomas and Spike Lee for their help, called Stoudemire "somebody you can base your team around." He averaged 23.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in Phoenix under Mike D'Antoni, who is now his Knicks coach. "I know one thing about Amar'e is that if there is a challenge in front of him, he will do whatever it takes to get over that hurdle," D'Antoni said. "He has proven that with injuries and time and time again in Phoenix. We won a lot of games together and hopefully we'll be successful here. I do know that New York probably is not for everybody. It's a big stage. You have to show some guts and grit and you've got to come every day to work and Amar'e will do that. I'm sure we'll have other guys that follow him here. We'll see who steps up to the challenge but I know Amar'e will meet it." Arizona Republic
When Spike Lee isn’t talking, you know the Knicks must be convinced they are still playing in the high-stakes game of free agent poker for LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, with the growing hope they are holding a winning hand. Reached on the telephone Tuesday, Lee sounded more like a cautious insider not wanting to jinx something good about to happen more than the normally loquacious director who for decades has enjoyed communing with reporters. “I can’t talk until all the signings are done,” he said. Asked if that meant more signings are imminent after Amar’e Stoudemire agreed with the Knicks on a five-year contract worth just under $100 million, Lee repeated himself. “Can’t talk until it’s all done,” he said. New York Times
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