Amar’e Stoudemire is not accustomed to losing.
He played eight seasons for the Phoenix Suns, and went to the playoffs six out of the eight seasons.
He was surrounded with teammates like Leandra Barbosa, Boris Diaw, Quentin Richardson, Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion and of course, All-Star point guard Steve Nash.
Amar’e was not used to playing with teammates that quit.
Welcome to New York Knicks basketball Amar’e Stoudemire. Where defense is an afterthought and losing is second nature.
Where blowing huge leads is the name of the game.
“I’m not used to this,” Amar’e said after the Knicks blew yet another late game lead, and dropped their fifth straight game 104-96 to the Houston Rockets, dropping their record on the season to 3-7.
The Knicks have managed to let teams that have losing records look like they are playing for an NBA championship.
Stoudemire talked about this not being an atmosphere he is used to.
“It’s almost as if the losing does not matter, and I’m not used to that.”
Amar’e is used to winning 50-plus games and playoff appearances.
Sorry to disappoint you Amar’e, but the last time the Knicks won 50 games was the 1999-2000 season.
Coincidentally, that was the last year that Patrick Ewing wore a Knicks uniform. That was also the last year the Knicks won a playoff series. And they have not made the playoffs since 2004.
“It’s tough when you have to work for baskets.” Stoudemire said. “We’re not getting easy baskets.”
Sorry to disappoint you once again Amar’e, but the Knicks lack the consistent outside shooting that will make anything easy for you in the paint.
Stoudemire has had to create his own shot, which he has not been able to do consistently.
There is no feisty point guard, with hair blowing every which way, penetrating the lane or executing the pick-and-roll.
Amar’e Stoudemire is averaging 20 points and eight rebounds in his first season with the New York Knicks, but he has been just as inconsistent as the rest of his teammates in the fourth quarter.
Amar’e Stoudemire is used to winning, but has yet to take a team to the NBA Finals. Winning is something that Stoudemire and the rest of his Knicks teammates are going to have to learn how to do together.
Maybe Stoudemire may need to call up another New York warrior in Patrick Ewing; he knows how it feels to play with the weight of the city of New York on his shoulders.
He is accustomed to hearing boos from the crowd, and dealing with the expectations of bringing a championship to the Garden.
He is the perfect player to welcome you to life in a New York Knicks uniform.