If Amar'e could play half the defense that Kevin Garnett plays he will have no problem fitting in with this group of players. But if Amar'e plays the same type of defense that he played under Mike D'antoni opposing teams will look to expose him no matter how many points he averages a game.
This defense is all about the rotations. If Amar'e can get a quick grasp on that then I'm not that worried. I know ppl see how we are playing now and want to dump his contract but Amar'e is a much better help defender then on ball. With his athleticism he and Chandler should cover a lot of room and turn the paint into an official "no fly zone".
My main thing is he needs to trust the PGs to find him like they do Melo to finish plays. Don't get the ball then look around... Melo has learned to trust his teammates and Amar'e is next.
Playing defense and getting boards are not entirely about athletic ability. It's about player's determination. Amare has never played defense in his entire career. I wonder what makes the OP think that he would start doing it now.
I do think Amare will make our offense more potent.
I just hope all his hard work has paid off and he can play alongside Melo and be productive without hindering what Melo has been doing. We are 3-0 without Amar'e, hopefully we will be 30-0 with him!
Not as excited as I was before we started the season for his return though...
Amare has to play with his own line up... leave Melo at 4!!!!!!
I agree completely and I was going to post a thread just like this, so +1 for you sir.
Woodson IS NOT going to let Amare come in and play 30+ minutes of appalling defense.
If Amare does not buy in to the defensive team effort of the Knicks he will see his minutes and role diminish quickly. I am very excited to see Amare's return, a return to power.
Amar'e has to come in and do these things for us to be successful with him
-hit that mid range jumper at a great clip
-defend his ass off
-move without the ball and set screens for our perimeter players
very simple, very easy but will he do it man who the hell knows
We're gonna start STAT and likely Shumpert for 2 reasons, 1 that starting 5 is our 2013 starting 5 most likely and 2 small ball wont work all year long
I think we should do what Doc does with KG and give STAT 5/6 minute spurts to keep him fresh and healthy, I think thats whats best for our team
Oh thank god someone posted something like this. I just hope Amare doesn't mess up what we have now. We could go 5-0 and even longer if we happen to beat spurs on their home court. I will kill somebody if he comes back and we lose 3 straight.
There's a difference between Amare and Melo.
In prior games Melo has shown the propensity to play solid 1:1 defense when he wanted to. Amare has never shown me that he can defend even slightly above average players by himself.
Right now that's the difference between the two.
Amare has been working extensively with Hakeem so maybe this will bode well for him. Otherwise I don't really see there being that much hope for a change in his ability in this area.