Since Melo arrived in NY, Amar'e Stoudemire's production hasn't been very impressive and he's been constantly in-and-out of the lineup due to injuries. It seems like his legacy is diminishing and people might be forgetting about how much of a baller he was up until Melo came to NY. First HS-to-Pro player to win ROY in the league, put up 26 a game at 22 years old, came back after microfracture surgery to average near 20 & 10 a game, 9 straight games scoring 30 or more points, etc. It can be said that his production fell off due to not having a PG like Nash around to drop dimes to him. When his career is all said and done, I just want him to be remembered for the beast he was in PHX and not his injury-riddled years in NY.
I may be the only one, but I think A,are will be healthy thos year and just might be an All-Star Player. When he got the chance to play last year, he produced. I think he'll have a good season this year.
As a Suns fan I really hope he's remembered for his days in Phoenix. The guy was a monster and averaged 35ppg against Duncan in a playoff series in '05.
Watching him play is sad, cause you just can clearly see how much explosiveness he lost. He cannot finish at the rim like he used too...It's sad watching a guy who would just go up and jam it on people, to now barely having enough lift to get off the ground. He's been playing with a lot of heart and effort when he gets to play on the court, but it just breaks my heart watching him play now.
WTH have you been watching. It doesn't break my heart watching him play, It breaks my heart that he never plays!!
Amare still Jumps, Still bangs on people, Still scores, his only weakness is he can't give you minutes. Don't believe the hype!!
One of my favorite players of all times.
Before the injuries robbed his otherworldly athleticism the past two years, Amare was my favorite player to watch in the league. Seeing him crash to the rim after being fed a perfect pass from Steve Nash was a thing of beauty in D'antoni's "7 Seconds or Less" offense. The microfracture surgery allowed him to focus on developing a mid-range jumper, and this became another deadly weapon in the Suns offense.
After the failed Shaq experiment in Phoenix, they were a third piece away from being a true contender again. However, Amare took the huge deal in New York and the rest is history. Critics point to his numbers declining because he doesn't have Nash to set him up, but I never saw it that way. People are soon to forget that before Melo came along, STAT was dominating, averaging 25 and 9 for a resurgent, young Knick team. Stoudemire was even ranked as a top 5 MVP candidate by ESPN. Interestingly enough, Anthony nor Nash were ranked as highly at that time.
I just hope that everyone realizes how great of an offensive weapon Stoudemire was with or without Nash.
Also, he was getting like 2 blocks per game before Melo went to NY.
Amare is one of my favorites. Hence why my former username was amare_apache. While he has lost his first step and elite explosiveness, he can still play. He has shown that he can score in the post, hit the mid range jumper and draw fouls. Unfortunately, his amazing off-ball skills have diminished and thus he's become more of an iso player.
Ironically, STAT is probably more suited for a half court offense now despite his previous success with D'Antoni.