Amar’e Stoudemire was in no mood to make any recruiting pitches. If anything, the power forward has only one prerequisite of any player the Knicks add via free agency: Be in shape and ready to play.

So despite mutual interest between guard Baron Davis and the front office, Stoudemire suggested that his preference would be to pass on the 32-year-old, who has a lower- back injury.

“This guy’s out for eight to 10 weeks, he’s not our concern at all,” Stoudemire said of Davis, who was waived by the Cavaliers on Wednesday. “We can’t do anything about his injury. Right now we can’t afford to have any setbacks. We have a positive thing going. We feel great about our guys. Everybody’s healthy, so we’ve just got to keep it going.”

He's got a point!

Adding a new player late could disrupt the cohesion we have so little time to achieve.

After last season's complete overhaul, perhaps Amar'e is 'once bitten, twice shy'?