In the past three games for the New York Knicks, including two back-to-back, Amare Stoudemire has scored double digit points. For a player like Amare who has spent more minutes off the court due to injuries the past few seasons, it has been a blessing to witness what he has done the past few games. Will it continue? Only time will tell, but for now the Knicks have a reason to be hopeful.
The majority of Amare’s career was spent playing for the run ‘n’ gun Phoenix Suns under Mike D’Antoni. That kind of offense suited Stoudemire well in his younger days as his career 20.8 points per game average will show. The biggest difference right now is the Knicks don’t run like the Suns used to, and Amare has suffered quite a few injuries in the recent years so he isn’t the young forward who used to be on highlight reels with his hard throw downs.
Carmelo Anthony has clearly shown his frustrations with the Knicks and head coach Mike Woodson. Plus with Anthony’s pending free agency decision hovering over the city of New York, Stoudemire’s emergence happened not a minute too soon.
Now if Amare is unable to continue his recent reemergence, he may be doing enough to allow the Knicks to climb the extremely weak ranks in the Eastern Conference and make the postseason. If that occurs, then who knows what can or will happen in a seven game series?
By no means am I saying Amare’s recent play is a guarantee to turn around the Knicks’ awful season, but as a basketball fan it’s nice to see an injury-prone former star slowly find his way again.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at email@example.com