Rumours of his departure had apparently calmed down since Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers but, recently, some Amar'e Stoudemire trade rumours have resurfaced.
Although I would disagree with such a move by the Knicks - especially considering the fact that he was the man who turned the ship around last year - it's important to address a trade as a real possibility. These are the New York Knicks, afterall.
Making use of ESPN's Trade Machine and a handful of rumours, I've tried to outline exactly how these deals may or may not go down, showing who would come back to New York and who (if anybody) would leave with Amar'e.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the possibilities...
In midst of trade rumors and speculation regarding his future with the Knicks Amar'e Stoudemire's star has waned from that of a fearless saviour leading a Garden Revival to that of rumored trade fodder in Gotham's ever revolving grandiloquent dreams for quick fix domination. Whether Stoudemire added an extra inch in height to his already intensely imposing presence matters little. What all who witnessed last year's revival cannot deny is that Stoudemire's stature grew when he not only became the first Star talent to embrace a fickle Garden rather than shying away from it. But more importantly his stature grew as his unrelenting efforts in the midst of crisis cast back a culture of losing while making Gotham's team competitive and relevant after a decade's long slumber.
With all that said every observer of Stoudemire's career and life will tell you that he is a warrior. If you were to think of what sort of legendary combatant Stoudemire reminds you of while on the hardwood, what image would come to mind to you? For me, I recall the mounted archers of the Asian Steppes or the mounted indigenous horsemen of the great plains. Lethal light calvarymen adept in their use of the long bow or musket while on the move on horseback. Fleet and uncluttered by the weight of heavy armor yet dependent on their mares that set them in motion to unleash the precise killing strikes of their long bows and guns. Mounted skilled aggressive marksman roaming free over the North Asian steppes and the Great Plains.
Stoudemire in many ways is similar to the famed Warriors from the Great Plains and the heydays of the Great Khans. Stoudemire's lethal forays into the paint can unleash an arsenal of posterizing dunks, power moves off glass and at the rim, which employ an adept touch on the move honed over time. Stoudemire can also strike from distance with an improved series of mid and long range jump shots that prevents opponents from cheating too close to him. However, like the famed light cavalrymen, Stoudemire's attacks often required the assistance of a set up to initiate his forays at the point of attack. Moreover, Stoudemire is more effective in an wide open unencumbered system that maximizes space for him to fill the lane via the break or simulated secondary break.
THE KNICKS HEAD COACH STEERING THE SHIP.
See the above Orange and Blue as it is and where it's going? There cannot be anymore excuses. Time for our Offensive Genious to go.
A simple thread to state " FIRE MIKE D'ANTONI" and lets get on with our season! Or.... keep him and we drown! I for one can't watch
much more of this! Six weeks till March Madness and without a change of our ship...I'll concentrate on the NCAA... as we will have Bracketology
upon us faster than we think!