New York Knicks: Was Amar'e Stoudemire a $100 Million Mistake?

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New York Knicks: Was Amar'e Stoudemire a $100 Million Mistake?
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Amar'e Stoudemire is considered to be one of the best power forwards in the NBA today.  In his eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, he was selected to the All-Star team five times.  He was also in the top 10 in points scored last season.  That being said, he was still Option C for the New York Knicks.

When the New York Knicks signed Stoudemire to All-Star-caliber money, they expected to get an All-Star performance every night. So far what they have gotten is inconsistencies and defensive lapses—not a player that will change the outcome of the Knicks.

The Knicks started last season 1-9, this season they started 3-7.  So what did $100 million get them?  two extra wins?

The Knicks are 6-8 so far this season, but have not played anyone of any real significance except for the Boston Celtics, and maybe the Chicago Bulls.  This is not what the Knicks signed Stoudemire for. 

The Knicks didn't pay $100 million for a player that plays defense when he wants to, misses key free throws in clutch game situations or dribbles the ball off his foot. He was paid to be a go-to player in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks paid $100 million so that Amar'e Stoudemire can bring life back to Madison Square Garden, and hopefully bring them Carmelo Anthony.

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