Amar'e Stoudemire: New York Knicks Star Talks to B/R About the 2011 NBA Finals
Amar'e Stoudemire accomplished a lot in his first season with the New York Knicks, helping to power the franchise to their first playoff berth since 2004 and their first winning record since 2001.
And although the injury-riddled team was ultimately eliminated in the first round, both Amar'e and the Knicks certainly appear to have a promising future.
What's more, Stoudemire was nice enough to spend some of his time talking to Bleacher Report this week, discussing a wide range of topics—one of which was the 2011 NBA Finals, which he described as both "very exciting" and "fun to watch."
The Miami Heat or the Dallas Mavericks
During the 2010-11 NBA season, Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks lost both games that they played against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Knicks also lost twice against the Miami Heat, but with a total of four games against each other, the teams split the season series.
Nevertheless, despite getting a decent look at both Dallas and Miami, Stoudemire was not feeling too strongly about one way or the other about the finals, stating that he "wasn't really going for one particular team."
However, when pressed further, he said that he had initially gone with the then-favored Miami team, declaring, "I played analyst and had the Miami Heat winning it in six."
But he still wasn't fully ready to commit to the Heat, as he also added, "But I did want Dallas to win."
The NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks
By now, we all know that the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to become the 2011 NBA champions.
However, the real question is, what set their team apart, allowing them to be a step above the rest?
Well, Amar'e Stoudemire had this to say about the Mavs:
"When you’re a great offensive scorer, you can score on anyone. But it’s a matter of the toughest teams to score on, and a lot of teams are hard to score on. I think one of the toughest teams to score on are the Dallas Mavericks."
And it's hard to argue with Stoudemire's take, seeing as though Dallas held the Miami Heat to 92.3 points per game and, more impressively, held Miami's star forward LeBron James to a scoring average of only 17.8 points per game.
What Now for the Miami Heat?
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat caught fire down the stretch of the 2010-11 regular season, and entering the NBA Finals, it looked like they were ready to silence all of their doubters.
However, after falling to the Dallas Mavericks, everyone began to go after the Heat again, even seeming as though their loss may have overshadowed the Mavs' win.
But this did not surprise Amar'e Stoudemire, as he said, "It all comes with the territory."
In fact, he went even further, declaring, "Everyone is criticized throughout their career, you know, so there’s never an easy way out. The greatest of all time was criticized before he won a championship, which was Michael Jordan. So, I mean, it happens."
Then, Stoudemire made it clear that he thinks that the Heat are not going anywhere, stating that they will "absolutely" be in the hunt for the title again next season.