New York Knicks: Amar'e Stoudemire Smart to Want Free Agent Steve Nash

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns drives to the basket against Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 17, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks were recently eliminated from the postseason, so now the team is thinking about the future, which could mean the addition of one the top NBA free agents: Steve Nash. 

Amar'e Stoudemire told the New York Daily News that he would love for his former teammate to join him in the Big Apple. 

"Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve. I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”

The chances the Knicks get Nash are good, but then again, the same could be said for a number of other teams as well. 

At the age of 38, Nash is only going to play for a contender, which limits his options some, but not by a great deal. 

If Mike D’Antoni was still the head coach in New York, Stoudemire just might get his wish. Of course, it would be interesting to see how Nash, Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony would play together in D'Antoni's system. 

That's not something to worry about though, but who the Knicks ultimately decide to have as head coach will make an impact on Nash's decision. 

Nash could easily make his way to New York and try to help the Knicks win a championship. It's no secret they need help at the point guard position, and Nash is still one of the best in the league today. 

This past season, the veteran averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game, marking the third straight year Nash had finished the season averaging a double-double. Since joining Phoenix back in 2004, Nash has recorded a double-double average all but one year. 

He's a phenomenal point guard who would do an excellent job running the show in New York. Some will argue that the Knicks could get the job done with a healthy Jeremy Lin, but having him learn from Nash for a year or two would help the future of the franchise. 

What's more, Nash is a thousand times better than Lin, and he would instantly make the Knicks the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

It remains a mystery as to where the skilled point guard will take his talents, but there's no denying that Stoudemire made a wise decision in announcing his plea for Nash this early. 



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