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To be fair, he still has the opportunity to re-kindle his Knicks legacy, but Amar'e Stoudemire is currently one of the biggest train wrecks in franchise history.
When the five-year, $100 million deal was signed in 2010, most experts had their concerns about Stoudemire's health and predicted the grim fate that's upon the Knicks right now. The most upsetting part about Amar'e's current state is that, for an entire season, he looked as if he'd prove his critics completely wrong.
Prior to the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony in 2011, Stoudemire was in the running for league MVP and top-three in scoring. The Knicks looked like a lock for the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade, and even more surprisingly, Stoudemire showed no signs of wear.
Mike D'Antoni ran STAT out for 37 minutes nightly, and the $100 million man responded by logging 78 games that season.
Now, several injuries later and after several failed attempts to unite with Anthony under the spotlight, Stoudemire is an unfortunate symbol of what the Knicks have recently stood for: making the right type of move, but in a disastrously wrong way.
STAT is now merely an overpaid role player, and by overpaid I'm talking about the worst contract the league has to offer.
Through no fault of his own—he's been as gracious a teammate as any Knick and has never once let anything hamper his commitment to winning—Stoudemire has become the example of how not to rebuild your team via free agency, as he continues to handcuff the Knicks with a sky-high salary through 2015.