HoopsHype Amare Stoudemire rumors

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Rather, Stoudemire feels healthy and with that health comes a feeling that maybe, just maybe, there can be some form of dominance up front alongside Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks this season. “My joy is there. My love of the game is there,” said Stoudemire, 32 next month. “I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging.” New York Post

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However, Amar’e Stoudemire expressed a view that might become a sticking point for players: wearing a brand on the jersey that clashes with a sponsorship deal the player already has. “It all depends on the players,” Stoudemire said before Monday’s preseason home opener against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. “A lot of players have endorsement deals. So it could be a conflict of interest, if you ask me. It depends on the company I’m in bed with. I could be endorsed by a company that’s not sponsored by the NBA, so that could be a conflict of interest.” New York Daily News

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Even with Carmelo Anthony’s new $124 million contract, Stoudemire remains the Knicks’ highest-paid player this season at $23.4 million. The Knicks are counting on his and Andrea Bargnani’s expiring deals for increased salary-cap space next summer, but Stoudemire added Tuesday that he expects to play beyond this contract. “For sure, this is definitely not the last year for myself. I feel like the work I put in this offseason and the way I feel now is great motivation for me to continue to play,” Stoudemire said. "I want to be healthy regardless. Whether it is my last year or not, my children (are) excited to watch me play, my family still loves watching basketball and seeing me out there, so I do it for them. I continue to work hard to try to improve every single season. I battled through injuries, I persevered, stayed strong and stayed positive to be successful. With all the hard work, I am sure it will pay off this season." New York Daily News

First-year coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks’ medical staff have periodically backed off on the 13-year veteran through the first week of training camp last week in West Point and now back in Westchester, with the goal of having Stoudemire available for more than the 65 games he appeared in last season. “I feel great. My body feels great. I worked extremely hard this offseason to be in top shape and be there full-time. But my body feels great. I feel confident. Hopefully it pans out well,” Stoudemire said. “It has been a long time since I have been this excited to start the year off. It is a great system, we have a great coaching staff, we have been very enthused in practice, guys are motivated, determined, so we feel great about the season.” New York Daily News

Stoudemire finished strong, scoring in double figures in 20 of his last 21 games and averaging 16 points during that span. He played in a total of 65 games and averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. It was the most he has played in a season since logging 78 games in his first season with the Knicks in 2010-’11. “Obviously to reach back to my dominant self, I feel like I’m there now,” Stoudemire said. “I feel like my body is feeling so much stronger [than last year at this time] so I feel dominant.” ESPN.com

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Jewish NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire says he'll be fasting for Yom Kippur when the sun goes down tonight ... and won't eat all day tomorrow ... despite the fact he's in the middle of NBA training camp. Stoudemire just went to Instagram and posted ... "Day of Atonement !! Sundown tonight - Sundown tomorrow." He added, "This is going to be the hardest one yet. No eating or drinking during camp." TMZ.com

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