New York Knicks: How Amar'e Stoudemire's Post Game Makes the Knicks Better
After a lackluster season for Amar'e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks power forward has been working this offseason to improve his game by adding a much-needed post game.
In order to do that, Stat is training with one of the greatest centers ever to play the game, Hakeem Olajuwon.
Here's a video of the two training together.
Stat's need for a new element to his game was quite clear after last season. Without the ability to run the pick-and-roll effectively, Stoudemire's patented quick step to blow by his defender wasn't as successful in year's past.
That could be a result of age, but is most likely attributed to the weight gain Stoudemire experienced last season. No matter how you slice it, Stat's game has become increasingly more predictable and that's something that has to change.
Developing a reliable post game will go a long way towards giving Stat more options on the offensive end. Instead of being beholden to a certain style of play, Stoudemire will have a wide array of moves to work with thanks to the newest element added to his game and that should help his point totals increase.
Furthermore, a post game also helps Stat and teammate Carmelo Anthony work off each other a little better.
Yes, Melo does love iso-ball on a regular basis, but it wouldn't hurt to have an option to dump it down low to in order to change things up. If Stat's post game is one that needs to be respected, it will help the Knicks' power forward draw more double teams, thus helping Melo get more space to operate.
That goes the same for the other Knicks on the team who are dangerous from the perimeter. If the Knicks can take advantage of a Stoudemire double team in the post, finding an open shooter on the outside should be no problem.
In the end, Amar'e developing a post game just adds another element to the Knicks offense and should have a positive, widespread effect on the rest of the team if all goes according to plan.
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