Friday , Jan , 16 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Amaré Stoudemire: Players Don’t Fear Me Now

"Pick-and-roll is one facet of our offense but there are other ways we can get guys involved. But it’s OK. We’ve just got to figure it out. Hopefully, this will change here soon so guys can be afraid of me again. Right now, they’re just, ‘Hey, I’m playing Amare.’ It’s all right. I want to get back to the point where I put fear in guys’ hearts. Hopefully, it comes soon."

Stoudemire finished with 21 points, nine of which came on free throws. He was 6 of 9 from the field and had eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes.

"That’s what I do," Stoudemire said of getting to the free throw line. "I put guys in foul trouble and put fear in their hearts — in my previous years. This year, it’s a little different. But hopefully I’ll get back to it."