Amar’e Needs to Shut It Down

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo, Amar’e Stoudemire will be scratched from Drew Gooden’s charity game due to a re-injury of his back.

I think Amar’e has to shut everything down until an NBA season starts. He is under contract for 4 more seasons with the Knicks and makes a maximum contract. The Knicks cannot afford to have Stoudemire missing games throughout his tenure in New York. He and Carmelo Anthony are the cornerstones of this franchise and they need to be on the court for as many games as possible. The Knicks do not have the depth to succeed without Stoudemire in the lineup. As Dan L from Knicks Fan BlogĀ tweeted about yesterday, the Knicks may end up having to amnesty clause Stoudemire later in time if his injury problems continue. Obviously way too early to say but something interesting to think about…

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