During the offseason, the Knicks tried hard to get LeBron James, but ultimately missed out on the star on July 8th, 2010. Their Plan B was getting Amar'e Stoudemire to come to New York. And no other player was willing to but Stoudemire.
"The Knicks are back." Stoudemire proclaimed.
And that they were. Right from the get-go Stoudemire lit it up, even before Carmelo Anthony came to New York. When Anthony arrived, Stoudemire's promise became a fact, and the Knicks were back and ready to get in the playoffs.
Although they lost all four games against the Celtics in the first round last season, the Knicks made a huge jump from one of the worst teams in the league to being in the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
Then Stoudemire and Anthony helped recruit big man Tyson Chandler, and people want to bash on Stoudemire?
Did anyone see his performance last night against the Bulls? 34 points and 11 rebounds isn't enough?
The Knicks are built to contend, so why trade their pieces not even halfway into the season? The Knicks' chemistry isn't what it should be at this point, but moving Stoudemire for any of the 76ers doesn't help the chemistry either.
Though Stoudemire's knees and eyes are a concern, he is one of the best power forwards in the game. At times, he cannot be stopped—again, look back at last night's box score.
Stoudemire promised the Knicks fans they would get to the top. The Knicks actually played a very good game against the Bulls, but came up just a little short. Trading Stoudemire would just be silly.
Stoudemire's $20 million a year contract makes him almost untradeable. Teams don't want to pay him big money, as he is a huge risk and gamble that he won't get injured severely.
The Magic and 76ers are the teams reported to have interest, but I doubt Stoudemire goes anywhere. But even rumors saying that the Knicks are looking to trade him are a joke.
That being said, the Knicks can't "use" the guy that brought their team back. He's the franchise, like it or not. Don't even talk about Stoudemire trades anymore.