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The general consensus right now appears to be that Amar'e Stoudemire is no longer the player he once was, and that he's, simply put, done.
Considering his awful play last season, that's a fair conclusion to make, but that doesn't mean it's the right one.
Last season's struggles stemmed primarily from the lockout; Stoudemire was unable to speak with the Knicks' trainers during the labour discussions, which forced him to come into camp out of shape.
Following his injury in the 2011 playoffs, Stoudemire was unable to play much actual basketball in the offseason, and instead focused on weights, which led him to come into camp overweight with muscle at 260 pounds.
This added weight clearly impacted the flow of his jump shot, and was at the core of his early struggles.
As soon as Stoudemire returned to shape, though, he was hit with the news of his brother's death, which likely lingered over him all season and made it very tough for him to play.
Stoudemire goes into this offseason without any overhanging injuries, which will allow him to come into camp in basketball shape.
STAT is also working on his post game with Hakeem Olajuwon, which has worked wonders in the past for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
At the end of the day, Stoudemire is only a season removed from the very best year of his career, so it's hard to believe that he's really as bad a player as he looked last season.
The 2012-13 season should be a comeback year for the forward, as he'll silence his critics and even challenge for a spot in the All-Star game.