Amar'e Stoudemire Doesn't Let Knicks Watch Monday Night Football Before Loss

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

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In a terrifying assertion of pseudo-parental authority, Amar'e Stoudemire is revoking the New York Knicks' television privileges.

Marc Berman of the New York Post described the scene in the Knicks locker room before the reeling bunch lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 25:

Amar’e Stoudemire seemed ready to dig the team out of the hole before tip-off. When someone put on the Monday Night football game between the Redskins and 49ers on a locker-room TV, Stoudemire had them shut it off. "We’ve lost five straight games," he said sharply.

It's nice that Stoudemire is taking on the role of authority figure, but this is a little ridiculous. What's next for the Knicks, no dessert for a week? Five minutes in the corner to think about what they've done?

Truthfully, the Knicks might be in need of grounding. They've dropped six consecutive games and now possess an embarrassing 3-10 record on the year. Mike Woodson has no answers, Iman Shumpert seems to have checked out and Stoudemire is offering up solutions nobody wants to hear.

After his TV prohibition failed to inspire a Knicks victory against Portland, he spouted off about New York's lack of ball movement, citing it as a source for the team's woes, per Berman:

When the ball doesn’t move, guys don’t get into a rhythm. It makes it tough for the teammates to have fun out there. Teams that move the ball win. Teams that don’t move the ball, don’t.

It'd probably be good to mention here that Stoudemire logged a season-high two assists against the Blazers. When you're a guy who refuses to pass unless there are at least three defenders clinging to your jersey, it's probably not a great idea to lament your team's stagnant offense.

Stepping back a bit, there's something to be said for Stoudemire's desire to assume a vocal leadership role. After all, Woodson is gradually losing the respect of his players (despite what owner James Dolan contends), and Carmelo Anthony can't seem to rally the troops.

I mean, somebody's got to do something.

But STAT's words and oddly parental gestures will continue to ring hollow until he can offer more than 20 minutes of one-dimensional play per game. If he can't walk the walk, his talk won't count for much.

People have always said that TV rots the brain, but the decay destroying the Knicks isn't coming from the idiot box.