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    While a lot of NBA superstars have been making waves hitting the streetball circuit this summer during the ongoing lockout, New York Knicks All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been notably absent from the headlines.

    According to multiple reports the absence is due to Stoudemire still being limited from the back injury suffered before game two of team’s first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics back in April.

    Lingering back injuries have derailed many careers and the nine year veteran’s health has given Knicks fans a cause for concern heading into the upcoming season.

    The fear is compounded factoring in the Phoenix Suns’ reluctance to guarantee more than four years when Stoudemire hit free agency last summer due to durability issues.

    However Stoudemire doesn’t believe the injury will force him to miss any on court action, even training camp, if the labor dispute ends and the 2012 campaign starts as scheduled.


    “No question,” Stoudemire responded to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News on whether he’d be ready for the start of training camp. “I feel great. I feel good. I’ve been resting and rehabbing all summer. That’s my main priority.”

    While most are focusing on the health issues, Stoudemire is thinking long term with his eyes set on bringing the Larry O’Brien championship trophy back to the Big Apple.

    The six-time All-Star feels that in order to hoist the trophy his high powered offensive minded team must be willing to give equal effort on the defensive side of the ball.

    “For us to win a championship, defense has to be a primary force,” Stoudemire said. “It has to be something that we focus in on. Everyone has to buy into it and everyone has to become much better [defensively].”

    Improving defensively as a team is seemingly the theme of the offseason.

    Last week embattled head coach Mike D’Antoni, known for his prowess producing high powered offensive attacks, hired former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson as his top assistant.

    It is widely believed Woodson’s primary role is to improve overall team defense and implementing strategies to limit opposing offenses.

    Stoudemire applauded the move by the team to bolster its coaching staff and feels the hire brings the club one step closer to its goal of winning a title.

    “I think it’s great,” Stoudemire said. “It’s definitely what we talked about, improving defensively. With the help of Mike (Woodson) it’s going to be really positive for us. But it’s up to us as players to take that commitment and implement it.”

    The Knicks allowed a whopping 105.7 points per game during the 2011 season, which was the second worst in the league, and more than any other team who made a playoff appearance.


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    He better learn how to play some D first. Dude's rotations are awful and his man to man commitment play to play is similar to Melo's, horrible.

    He needs to get in the film room to learn opposing players and offenses tendencies. This will help his rotations and knowledge of where to be when a player he's guarding makes his move. That's the difference between he and Melo and a player like Paul. Paul's just alot smarter on the defensive end. He takes that challenge to improve aptitude in this area. Melo and Amare don't. Being slow to rotate comes from lack of study plain and simple.

    This should improve due to increased focus on D by MW but we will see.

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    You know how I feel about Amar'e's D honestly --- he blocked nearly 2 a game last season (1.9). Most of the season, he was over 2 a game on average..That's hardly "awful" defense. I'll take that again. To me, even with some defensive lapses from time to time, that's pretty good defense right there from STAT, mostly coming weak-side which goes to show that his defensive rotations and reads weren't awful..Do they need some work? Sure, but I don't think he was awful defensively... Sometimes his shot-blocking was downright dominant -- remember how he won that game for us in Charlotte with his shot-blocking?? What did he have, at least 5 that game, including a couple of huge ones down the stretch to seal the deal?? How 'bout the huge block on LeDouche to seal that victory?? Those 2 games immediately come to mind but there were others..

    To me, Amar'e needs to average 10 rebs a game this coming season. That's where he really needs to increase his contribution. Gimme the 20-25 ppg (maybe less this yr with Melo and a few other capable offensive players in the mix, which is fine with me--he won't have the shoulder the entire scoring load for the first 3/4 of the season this time. Maybe we can keep him fresh for the playoffs this year), 2 blks per and 10+ rebs for the first time in his career. He does that, I won't have any problems with the guy at all. ****, even if he falls a little short with the rebounding again I won't have any problems with the man..I love the guy. But if he were to look in the mirror and think where he could increase his productivity in order to help the team, it's gotta be rebounding. He does everything else either extremely well (scoring, getting to the line, great leadership) to at least above average (defense/shot-blocking) imho. 8.8 rebs/per career, down to 8.2 last year..That's Nene/Eddy Curry territory..He's capable of more than that. Find a way to get us another 2 rebs a game...He's so strong both physically and mentally, it's really surprising he isn't a better rebounder. Maybe he has small hands or the great rebounding instincts just aren't there...Effort's always there... It's puzzling...Hopefully this year will be different. Remember, early on pre-Melo, it was the rebounding that was a glaring problem. It even remained at times after Melo. Yeah Melo and Fields are above-average rebounders for their positions and they'll help, but Amar'e needs to do better...Team defense needs to get better and it looks like it will with Woodson on board...Now they need to figure out some ways to squeeze out a few more rebounds a game. If we can control the glass and limit other teams' opportunities better than we did last year, it should translate into more wins...There are some things mgmt. can do to help (incorporating Jerome Jordan should help if he's ready, Jorts too. Maybe we can go out and pick up a Jeff Adrien on the cheap. GS cut him; I think he's available..Maybe pick up Joe Alexander who went for almost 10/rebs a game last year in the DL, not to mention Alexander's still quite skilled in other areas---this guy would be a nice hybrid forward who could back up both Stoudemire and Melo), but it's gotta start with STAT. He's our man down low. He's gotta be much more forceful on the glass and set the tone..8.2 a game's too low.. We need more from him here. If we're gonna sit here and nitpick the man, his rebounding is more of an issue over his defense..
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    No offense, but blocks are a small facet of defense.

    Amar'e needs to be the one who steps up in the defense area, most notably the fact that anyone being guarded by Amar'e has a chance to have a career scoring and rebounding night against him.

    His man to man and post defense is pathetic.

    As the leader of the team, he has to be the defensive anchor, by all means necessary.

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    No offense taken. However, I disagree that shot-blocking is a small part of defense. I think it's a major component and a huge plus overall defensively if you have guys that can actually do it. Amar'e can. I just threw it out there --- the man went for almost 2 a game and won at least two games with his shot-blocking alone last year. And I know there were others..I also disagree that his man-to-man defense was "pathetic." Don't know what to tell ya, I watched every game, and it wasn't pathetic. As I said, it could certainly use some work, but it wasn't pathetic. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on these two points..

    I do agree with your statement about Amar'e being the anchor inside, although I'd like to see him improve more in the rebounding category first and foremost...If he somehow improves defensively over last year where he averaged nearly 2 blocks a game, to me that's gravy...We need better rebounding output from the guy. In the last game of the year against the Celts in the playoffs he grabbed 12 rebounds, bad back and all. He's capable of more than 8.2 rebounds per. If he can man up and go for over 10 rebounds a game, it'll translate into more wins. No doubt in my mind. More than anything else, on the glass is where I'd really like Amar'e to step up and set the tone.

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    Last season wasn't even Amar'e best year.

    He has always been a good shotblocker, but he has never been called a good defender because of it.

    That's like calling Love and Z-bo good defender because of their rebound averages.

    He has admitted himself, he hasn't been taught how, but he was decent under Gentry, which was the only coach that gave him a concept of defense to work with.

    Amar'e is not a good defender, but if he is gonna talk about it, he needs to be about it.

    All players have moments where the have a spurt of good defense, and Amar'e has done that.

    Defense, individually spans far beyond a block shot.

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    Originally Posted by finestrg
    You know how I feel about Amar'e's D honestly --- he blocked nearly 2 a game last season (1.9). Most of the season, he was over 2 a game on average..That's hardly "awful" defense. I'll take that again. To me, even with some defensive lapses from time to time, that's pretty good defense right there from STAT, mostly coming weak-side which goes to show that his defensive rotations and reads weren't awful..Do they need some work? Sure, but I don't think he was awful defensively... Sometimes his shot-blocking was downright dominant -- remember how he won that game for us in Charlotte with his shot-blocking?? What did he have, at least 5 that game, including a couple of huge ones down the stretch to seal the deal?? How 'bout the huge block on LeDouche to seal that victory?? Those 2 games immediately come to mind but there were others..
    I will agree with u on Amare's domination on Defense....Amare plays
    20 minutes of hard defense....however....Amare's 16 minutes of laid
    back defense (averaging 36 minutes per game) is why fans call Amare
    defense "awful & pathetic".
    Having Melo in the lineup....Amare will have to play 30+ minutes of hard-
    knox defense consistently in a halfcourt setting with Melo as his SF.
    Amare has always had great defensive SF in his lineup the past 9 seasons
    (Marion, Jim Jackson, Q.Rich, Diaw, Grant Hill, and Chandler) these SF took alot of defensive pressure off of Amare.

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