Oh how the mighty have fallen.
It's been probably the biggest debate so far in the still fresh Knicks offseason, and it only continues to grow as July 1 continues to move closer.
Should the Knicks trade Amar'e Stoudemire? Better yet, what should the Knicks trade him for?
Well, I may be one of only a few people on B/R who feel this way, but I'd bet just about anything that STAT will be in a Knicks jersey come the 2012-2013 season.
Enough with the trade talks guys. The Knicks are not going to trade Amar'e.
Better yet, the Knicks can't trade Amar'e, because no team could possibly be that stupid.
In no scenario is Stoudemire worth the kind of money that he is getting. That's not a knock on him, because very few NBA players are even in that kind of price range. But as injuries continue to stack up to his knees and back, it's starting to become clearer and clearer that Amar'e is here to stay in NYC, whether people like it or not.
The Knicks made their bed two years ago when they gave Amar'e franchise player dollars, and now they either have to make it work or die trying.
So enough about shipping him to the Bulls, or the Sixers or all the other trade scenarios I've heard about. It can't, won't and shouldn't happen. Plain and simple.
And why the sudden panic to begin with? It's not like Amar'e has been a complete disappointment so far. This is the same player who just a year ago single-handedly rejuvenated the biggest basketball market in the NBA after years of basement ball. He's a scoring threat on any given night.
He's a great player with more talent then just about anyone in the league. I agree that he shouldn't be hearing any "MVP!" chants anytime soon, but come on.
To look at Stoudemire's statistics and use only that as a reference is sheer foolishness. What exactly did you expect from the guy once shot-happy Carmelo Anthony entered the Garden? Or when Tyson Chandler started putting up double-doubles every single night? His stats went down because he didn't need to put up those numbers nor could he.
And yeah, he was beaten up a lot all season, but we're talking about a season that saw more injuries than you could keep up with. It was a season that was thrown together at the last second, and it showed at times on the court.
Give STAT's body a full season to rest, and I think you'll be surprised at the results. It's not like he's never had the drive to be great, and I'm sure he's heard about all this trade nonsense too. Just look at what he did in March after the All-Star break. Shooting 56% from the field usually means you're doing something right.
I've heard all the complaints so far from Knicks fans. Things like how Amar'e simply can't coexist with Melo. How STAT will never be what he once was. How his knees are too beaten up.
But isn't this the same team that finished 18-6 on the year after Head Coach Mike Woodson stepped in? It's way better than the under .500 basketball we saw since the Melo trade last season. And now nobody's even remotely interested in what this team is capable of with a full offseason under its belt?
The Knicks' flaws are prevalent to be fair, but it's nothing that a full, lockout-free offseason cannot fix in my opinion. The guys in the front office want to make this work, because it's already shown that it can and because it has the potential to be something special.
Stoudemire still played a role in the Knicks' success this season. And he will continue to do so for at least the next three years.
So enough with the trade rumors and enough with the criticism. Amar'e Stoudemire is a Knick, and no one is going to step in and change that.
I didn't say it's what I wanted—I'm simply saying that's how it is.
This is the Knicks team you wanted guys. Now just hope it works out.