|QUOTE (Funktipus @ Monday, Oct 22 2012, 02:27)|
|Amar'e is out two to three weeks with left knee problems.|
It's a cyst in his knee, but they're saying it's not a serious injury and because he is in good shape physically "the better he is in terms of healing, maintenance and staving off the recurrence of any new symptoms." I don't really think it will matter, honestly. The Knicks look fairly good on paper, but when Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire have been in the starting lineup together the Knicks have a sub-.500 record. The first season was not enough time to develop chemistry and the second season saw injuries, coaching changes and too much turnover for chemistry to develop, but everyone thought this season was going to be different. I love the Knicks and have fairly high expectations, but I'm not buying it anymore. Stoudemire is talented, no doubt about it, but I believe he's a product of a system. He had an MVP caliber first half in the 2010-11 season when Mike D'Antoni was the head coach. He played under D'Antoni and the Seven Second Or Less offense in Phoenix with Steve Nash, of all point guards.
The biggest issue with Stoudemire is not whether he or Carmelo can adjust to playing on the same team, but whether he can stay healthy. He has made a great effort to stay in shape, but it just seems like he gets injured every other week. Microfracture surgery in 2005, a partially detached retina in 2009, lower back injuries in 2011 and now this. Knicks fans are delusional if they think that Chris Paul will be a Knick, especially if it requires trading Stoudemire. He has three years, $65 million left on his uninsured
He has a huge back loaded, uninsured contract, an inability to stay healthy or develop chemistry with his team as a result of his injuries. I haven't seen the pairing of Stoudemire and Carmelo really work and I don't see it working in the future. While I thought the Tyson Chandler signing was good at the time, too, I feel that doesn't help Amar'e either. I'll stop before I begin to ramble, though. I feel as though you can write a book on this issue. In summation, however, I believe Amar'e Stoudemire is a good player, but a system player who works at his best in the pick-and-roll, but cannot stay on the court due to injuries or adjust to playing on the same team and in the same offense as Carmelo Anthony.