NY Knicks: 5 Things Amar'e Stoudemire Must Prove to Fans

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NY Knicks: 5 Things Amar'e Stoudemire Must Prove to Fans
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After one of the most tumultuous years of his life, Amar'e Stoudemire enters the 2012-13 season with his superstar status under heavy scrutiny.

Stoudemire posted his lowest shooting percentage since his sophomore season, his fewest points per game since his rookie year and his fewest rebounds per game ever. Even so, the stat line was the least of STAT's concerns.

Nagging injuries kept Amar'e off the court for 19 games in the regular season, and the sudden death of his brother left him reeling. Following a playoff loss, Stoudemire infamously and unceremoniously punched a fire extinguisher in the Knicks' locker room. His season did not end that night, but it was an unfortunately fitting way to cap off a season of downs and more downs.

Though Amar'e is sure to bounce back, his tough year and New York's limited window for a championship have left fans uncertain what to expect from him. Here's five things Stoudemire must do to show Knicks fans that he is still Standing Tall and Talented.

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