Amare came into the 13-14 season with limited minutes and playing on alternate days. Between his torn retina and knee surgeries the well liked Knick was viewed by many as simply broken. Along with the cheers during game night at the garden came sknickers for the favored knickerbocker. There were few who counted him in and I was one of them.
Shoot to March 2014, and Amare exhibits some of his greatest basketball skills. Averaging 16.9 ppg and nearly 30 minutes ppg the STAT is back. Yeah, yeah I know....this season sucks. But in every cloud and dark spot there are rays of light. Amare is one such ray. A guy who was largely tossed aside by the media and fans alike has shown determination and pure will. He has come to ball. Playing like that kid who was drafted by the Suns over a decade ago, Amare continues to play to win. His dedication to training and healing his body is something to be admired.
If the Knicks don't make the playoffs this season, I can't even blame Amare Stoudemire. The way that he has strived for excellence amazes me. He has shown his teammates, the Knicks organization, the media and the fans that if
you work hard enough you can wave that finger in the face of all of the naysayers, Dikembe Motumbo style.
Good job Amare Stoudemire...I salute you sir!