Where do the "New" New York Knicks finish with Amar'e?
Did anyone want to remember the past decade? It was full of LULZ and OMG! Those days are over. The scene was interesting to see Stephon Marbury shout “Dey scared now!” His interviews were nothing short of breathtaking. I miss seeing Zach Randolph dribble the ball like he was in an And-1 commercial. Isiah Thomas took the Knicks even deeper in to the abyss. Mike D’Antoni’s priceless expression when he didn’t land the number one pick to get Derrick Rose was hilarious.
The funniest franchise during the past ten years has to be the New York Knicks. The entire disaster was magnified even more with New York media being notorious for cannibalizing sports figures with words. Those days are over with the arrival of Amar’e Stoudemire. Knick basketball is definitely back, but the road will take a bit longer to reach elite status. The constant flirting with LeBron James hurt somewhere, but I understand that New York desperately wants to beat the Heat now and forever. Management finally placed a solid team out there.
Amar’e Stoudemire signs a $100 million dollar deal. His career averages thus far are 21.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks. The numerous injuries over the years with the Phoenix Suns forced him to get a better jump shot, which paid off dividends. He remains a big risk because of the injuries, but New York needed a superstar really bad. Last season, Amar’e played all 82 games and 16 playoff games. He averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 boards for the regular season. Stoudemire has proven that he is back. Did the Knicks over pay? Who cares! They were starving for a savior and Amar’e Stoudemire is their ticket back to relevancy.
Is Amar’e a big upgrade over David Lee?
The statistics say that Amar’e is the big upgrade. David Lee’s career averages of 13 points and 9.6 rebounds are great for the Golden State Warriors, but not the Big Apple. Lee had a breakthrough 2010 season with 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds. Those are great numbers, but they still didn’t make the playoffs and David Lee didn’t accomplish much in a Knick jersey. STAT also has a lot of playoff experience – something that Lee doesn’t have.
What about depth?
The additions of “Magic Johnson” Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, and Ronny Turiaf massively help the depth of the team. This is something they never had in the past decade. The second biggest acquisition is Raymond Felton. While he is not as skilled as Stephon Marbury, Felton is a worker bee only there to obey orders and not be a distraction. His 13.3 points, 6.4 assists, and 1.5 steals career averages clearly beat out unknown Toney Douglas. There once was a time where the Knick fan base had to glorify Toney Douglas. Those days are over now, too.
With all the major improvements and ugly ass rumors involving Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, where do the New York Knicks finish for the 2011 season?
They are officially a legit playoff team placing at the 7th seed. Knicks will be knocked out of the first round, but at least they’re back.
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