The New York Knicks are off to an excellent start to the 2012-13 season, and they are doing it all without Amar’e Stoudemire on the floor.
Is there any chance the Knicks elect to trade their $100 million man, since they are finding so much success despite his absence? It’s highly doubtful, but some believe that’s the right call.
Keep reading to find out the latest on Stoudemire and more buzz being generated around the Big Apple.
STAT Remaining Sidelined
While there haven’t been any serious trade talks concerning Amar’e, there is a chance he doesn’t see the court for another two months.
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the power forward is six-to-eight weeks away from suiting up and had to undergo a "debridement" to clean out dead tissue and foreign materials from his left knee.
STAT is going to be instrumental to any chance the Knicks have to make some noise in the postseason, so he needs to consider parlaying the team’s early season triumphs into more recovery time.
Prigioni Changing Diet
The Knicks new backup PG, 35-year-old Pablo Prigioni, hasn’t exactly excelled in his transition to the NBA game.
In 31 total minutes over two games, he’s scored just two points, dished seven dimes, recorded two steals and pulled down one board.
Apparently, he thinks his diet has something to do with it and is working to change that. According to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling, he’s going to reduce his milk consumption to get lean.
Prigioni said to me after Heat game he was nervous & still not in great shape. He said he's been reducing his milk intake to get more lean.
—Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) November 4, 2012
Considering Prigioni is listed at 6’3”, 185 pounds, it'll be interesting to see how much weight he can cut and still maintain the bulkiness required to play in the NBA.
‘Sheed the New B-Scal?
Rasheed Wallace has played seven minutes for the Knicks and—barring injury—realizes that he’s not going to be a major factor for this team.
According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, the veteran PF compared his role with the team to that of Brian Scalabrine’s.
Rasheed Wallace on his role w/NYK: "I accept my Brian Scalabrine role. I'm cool with it."
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) November 3, 2012
We’re sure most of you are familiar with B-Scal, the red-headed fan favorite who saw extremely limited minutes—almost exclusively during blowouts—during an 11-year career in which he played for the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls.
It seems that ‘Sheed is content with taking garbage time threes and enjoying the ride with a playoff contender—taking a page right from Scalabrine’s playbook.