It’s no surprise that Amar’e Stoudmire of the New York Knicks is upset with the amount of time he’s been seeing on the court. It’s got to be annoying for him, and I don’t blame him for feeling angry about it either. According to ESPN, he said,
“It’s making me look like my game is gone or that I don’t have game anymore because when you play five minutes, it’s just tough to really get in a rhythm,” Stoudemire said before Saturday night’s 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
“It’s tough to play five minutes and expect to be great in five minutes. It’s almost impossible,” he said. “By the time you get up and down and get adjusted to the speed of the game, it’s already three minutes, and then in two minutes you’re out of there. And if you miss a shot, it feels [like] the world is collapsing on you because you’re expected to do so much and somewhat win the game in five minutes and it’s tough. It’s hard to deal with.”
Right now, the Knicks have limited Stoudemire to a mere 10 minutes on the court per game, barely enough to make a big impact for the team that paid him so much money to do exactly that. Amar’e seems to have his own idea, and they include playing for more than what the team has allotted him.
“There’s a lot of pressure to go out there in five minutes and be great, which is almost impossible to do. Because a mistake seems like 30 mistakes, know what I mean?” Stoudemire said. “But I do think the Tim Duncan method with him playing 25 one night, 20-25 a game later and then resting on the four in five nights or three in four nights is pretty logical.”
Do you think the Knicks are right in limiting Amar’e to just 10 minutes? Leave a comment below.