Skip to main content

Stoudemire's Knicks Legacy: Disappointing, Unfulfilled, & Expected...But Much Respect


Five years ago, Amar'e Stoudemire signed a huge 5 year, $100M contract, allowing Knicks fans to exhale a little bit in their hunger to walk away with anything during the prized free agent class of 2010. You know, the year this sorry organization that I gave my heart too, pretty much forfeited two years of basketball prior to that summer in another misguided attempt to rebuild.

As I stated on this very blog the day we signed Stoudemire, I wasn't overly thrilled with the signing, due to the obvious warning signs. In fact here is what I stated: 

"And although he is not the acquisition every Knick fan wants, and although I originally did not warm to the idea of acquiring Stoudemire when it was first rumored, today I am excited – very excited. 
Albeit, I will admit, I am worried about his knee. I am worried about his interior defense and rebound production. And yes, I will definitely miss the one shining light in a dark era that was David Lee. However, the one sole reason I have warmed to Stoudemire as a Knick is simple – he wants to be on the big stage. He wants to be here. He wants a piece of this great city of New York." ("The Knicks Are Back")

On the day of his official introduction, Stoudemire stood in front of the "World's Most Famous Arena" and proclaimed "The Knicks are back!" I loved it. I really did. It meant so much to me as a Knick fan to hear a superstar come here, embrace the challenge of playing here, and really - genuinely - wanting to take this franchise to the promise land, a place it hasn't seen for forty-plus years and counting now. 

Of course, we know how the story went. And to be honest, even without hindsight, we knew how the story would go. Stoudemire gave us a MVP-like season, then essentially broke down. And did so badly. New Yorkers watched the crumbling of Stoudemire before our eyes. 

And of course there were the moments of the idiotic pre-game dunk before a playoff game, the punching of the fire extinguisher, and the plenty of aggravating times we saw him dressed in very spiffy outfits, rather than donning the orange and blue on game nights. 

On the other end of that is the class in which Stoudemire represented the Knicks. Never complaining about coming off the bench, and never truly having any surrounding controversy that would embarrass the organization. 

In some ways, Stoudemire, in his brief 7 months as the face of the New York Knicks, pre Carmelo Anthony, of course, was a indeed a credible face of the franchise.

Now that this journey has ended and he is on his way to Dallas to play for the Mavericks, the Stoudemire reflection has begun by this city and all Knicks fans. Some may call it disappointing, others unfulfilled, and a few, merely expected (injuries an all). I can't disagree with any of the those statements. However, if there is one thing I'll add to the growing list of descriptions is respect. Stoudemire was and still is, no offense to the Melo supporters, the first Knicks in a very long time to take the challenge of New York and the Knicks organization when no one would.

Which is ironic, five years later, this organization is in the very same position. Unbelievable...

Regardless, Thank you Amar'e Stoudemire. You tried. Much respect. Go get a ring elsewhere (like everyone else does). I'll be rooting for you. 

Recently Read Posts

Thoughts on the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

I honestly had zero interest in this year's Hall of Fame Ballot.  I know, I know...how dare I?  For me, the 2023 ballot wasn't as sexy or overly interesting. I really thought this would be another year in which no one got in. From the names on the ballot, the controversial ones like Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield that we knew the outcomes for, and the lost hope for guys like Jeff Kent, I found myself feeling like the theme which now clouds Scott Rolen's 2023 selection - just a lot of VERY good guys.  There isn't anything wrong or disrespectful about that. A lot of the names are now those that resonate with me as I get older and can honestly decide on without extrapolating numbers from baseball references. Call it old school, or somewhat ignorant, but like many, I'm at the point of my life where my first evaluation is instant - did he feel like a Hall of Famer?  If the answer is yes, then it's settled. If the answer is no, I'll do my due diligence in look

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/29/22

3 Up 1. Five Memphis Officers Charged - It's a bittersweet "Up", but one of necessity. The five officers who brutally beat Tyre Nichols to death in what has been determined as a traffic stop filled with procedural violations and a hellacious video of their beating to go with it being charged is a step in the necessary direction.  2. City of Memphis - Kudos to the City of Memphis and their office for understanding the duty and responsibility of releasing the videos of the murder of Tyre Nichols. We've seen in various cases where these kinds of evidence are withheld - that office deserves credit.  3. Royal Rumble Event - On a much lighter note in the "Up" section - and in the world - is the Royal Rumble event this weekend. So much fun. Check out my thoughts and reviews here .  3 Down 1. Tyre Nichols Video - Just utter disbelief, and worthy of a shake my head. We need answers, justice, and of course, change. Some of my immediate thoughts on the video release t

Royal Rumble 2023 Review: "Absolute Drama. Wrestling at its Best"

Absolute drama. Wrestling at its best.  That's all I can say as the 2023 Royal Rumble premium live event went off the air. This is not some rare take or outlier perspective I'm going to offer. The wrestling was good. But damn, everything that is the Sami Zayn and The Bloodline storyline is why pro wrestling is the best form of entertainment there is. Yes, they've twisted and turned along the way, even in some areas where you thought this was going to be predictable, but the entire thing has been layered magnificently where it's honestly conceivable to understand anyone's perspective in the entire thing.  I've long thought Sami vs. Roman wouldn't headline Wrestlemania with the E opting instead to go with The Usos vs. Zayn and Owens, but I honestly at the posting of this, cannot state that's the best direction.  Although, while it may not be on the front burner (and it'll probably eventually get there), having Cody Rhodes vs. Roman Reigns where both of

Hard to Kill 2023 Review: "A Great Way to Kick Off 2023"

Impact Wrestling continues to be the most solid pro wrestling product - at least for this fan. Yes, there are some other exciting things going on in different companies, but for me, Impact does the most with the least, and that's a good thing.  As noted in some previous posts on Impact Wrestling, I was all about bringing in Bully Ray. I get the hesitancy because,  here we go with old stars taking up television time , but everything about the Bully and Josh Alexander storyline has been done well. It's been personal. It's a different look for Alexander. And it's a nice blend of history for the company with Bully returning, a nice mix of a veteran and your current top guy, and overall, something very different we've yet to see from Alexander as champion.  This is the case up and down the roster and the product for Impact. Add to this theory Mickie James vs. Jordynne Grace. And the tag team scene. And everything else. The company continues to rehabilitate older stars, l