Amar’e Stoudemire Anxious to Prove Critics Wrong
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is not performing on the level he is accustomed to and has not been the leader the Knicks have been looking for. Stoudemire played extremely well last season and was the catalyst to the Knicks’ resurgence in the Eastern Conference.
In the 2011-12 season, Stoudemire is averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, which is nearly eight points less than last season. In fact, Stoudemire was not even selected as a 2012 NBA All-Star.
Stoudemire understands that he has disappointed fans this season, but vows that he will step his game up in the second half of the season, Mark Hale of the New York Post writes.
Stoudemire talked about his expectations for the latter half of the season and told everyone to “stay tuned.” He has a history of playing extremely well in the later parts of campaigns and he says this season will be no different.
“Every second half of the year, I’ve got the tendency to turn it up,” Stoudemire said. “It’s going to be an incredible second half of the year for me.”
The Knicks need an effective Amar’e Stoudemire if they want to make a push in the playoffs. If Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are both clicking, this Knicks team can be very dangerous.