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Amar’e Gets a Job at Foot Locker

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Kevin Durant Charity Game Will Be Streamed Online

Today’s KD Charity Game featuring Melo, Amar’e and Kevin Durant, will be streamed online on the basketball channel. Here are the rosters for the teams

Team Blue:

Chris Paul

Carmelo Anthony

Amar’e Stoudemire

Rudy Gay

James Harden

John Wall

Damien Wilkins

Johnny Flynn

Team White:

Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook

LeBron James

LaMarcus Aldridge

Monta Ellis

Jeff Green

Michael Beasley

Jamal Crawford

You have to sign up for an account on the basketball channel but it only takes a few seconds.

Here is the link for the game

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Analysis of Charles Oakley’s Comments

 

This weekend at K1X in New York City, former Knick forward and fan favorite Charles Oakley introduced his new Vintage Oak Collection. In addition to showing off his clothing line, Oakley gave the media a few of his opinions on the Knicks:

On Stoudemire’s style of play: ”He’s good in his own way. He’s a West Coast player trying to translate to the East Coast. And the longer he plays in the East, the more his body’s gonna get damaged, because he’s got to take a beating now.”

On D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system: ”I don’t think [it can be successful], but that’s his coaching style. They knew when they signed him…When you go buy a Bentley, you know it’s not a Volkswagen. When they signed him, they knew what they were getting.”

On Thomas getting a gig with the Knicks: ”I don’t understand how he even got a job with management. He had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks…If I see him, he’d better turn around and go the other way.”

On the Knicks organization as a whole: ”[The Knicks] don’t want nothing to do with me. I don’t know why. I tried to deal with them on several occasions. I’m not gonna keep trying…They don’t like Patrick [Ewing], either. They won’t give Patrick a job, so I know they won’t give me a job…My door is always open to the Knicks. I tell them all the time. They said something about I told LeBron to go to Miami. I was like, ‘You all have to be one of the craziest organizations in the world.’”

Oakley on STAT. I am going to defend Oakley here. People are saying he ripped Amar’e Stoudemire. He did not rip Stoudemire, read what he said. Where in that does he rip Stoudemire. I agree with what he said and looking back on Oakley’s era of when he played, those comments make sense. Back when Oakley played, the eastern conference was filled with rough defensive teams. The Bucks of the 80′s, the Bad Boys Pistons, the Bulls, the Pacers with the Davis Brothers. Oakley’s Knicks were the epitome of the tough defensive team. The Western Conference had teams such as the Showtime Lakers and the Run TMC Warriors. While there were good defensive teams in the West, the Eastern Conference was a whole other game. Those Knicks-Bulls and Knicks-Pacers games in the 90′s were black and blue affairs. Oakley is saying that this eastern conference today with Miami, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Boston (all great defensive teams) is a different game then playing the more run and gun style of the Western Conference. He did not tear into Stoudemire, he basically said Stoudemire must cope to the East Coast style of play. Stoudemire obviously can play, but the bigger concern is can he stay healthy? That is what Oakley was alluding to and I do not believe he was ripping Stoudemire.

Oakley on D’Antoni. Personally, I agree that the style D’Antoni ran in Phoenix will not be successful in the Eastern Conference. I do believe however that D’Antoni is a great enough coach to change his style and be successful. As we saw last season, the Knicks offense changed to a slower, half court pace after the Melo trade. Obviously a trade of that magnitude was going to force the team to adjust and adjustments take time. As we saw in the playoffs, in which we should have won both games 1 and 2, D’Antoni’s system can work. It can work. Had we not been injured, I believe we take that series to 6 or 7 games. Take LeBron and Bosh off of Miami and see how many playoff games they win. That is basically what the Knicks had to deal with. I think if D’Antoni was given a couple more bench guys and a center, he would be very successful in New York. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your stance, he may never get that chance.

Oakley on Isiah. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I completely agree with what he said. Isiah had no ties to New York and should never have even been involved with the organization. I think the Oakman preached to the choir for most Knick fans when he said “he better turn around and walk the other way”. I hate Isiah Thomas. Most Knick fans hate Isiah Thomas. Not only was he disastrous on the basketball side but with the whole sexual assault case he was disastrous for the reputation of the organization. He was a joke, a clown, a buffoon. I am glad Oakley said that because that is what all Knick fans have been thinking for years.

Oakley on the organization. Once again I agree with the Oakman. Allan Houston is a part of the front office, why have Oakley and Ewing (assistant coaches for the Bobcats and Magic respectively) never been considered for a job? Like this offseason when the Knicks were looking for a defensive coach. Under what circumstances do Oakley and Ewing not even warrant an interview? Who better to coach defense then two of the best defenders in the history of the league. It is not like they are just on the street and doing nothing. They are assistants in the league today! Clearly they have some coaching ability. Why not consider bringing them back to the garden, where they made defensive basketball the trademark image of the 90′s Knicks,  to coach defense. I am not saying the Knicks have to hire them but at least give them an opportunity to interview. How badly could it hurt? C’mon Dolan. Pay some respect to old Knick legends that helped globalize the Knicks. You have already done all you can to ruin this organization, why not do something to try and help it? Mike Woodson is a great guy and is a good guy for this job but would it kill you to at least take a look at Oakley and Ewing?

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Stoudemire Takes Shots At Robert Sarver

 

I guess Amar’e Stoudemire is still bitter about his departure from the Phoenix Suns as Alan Hahn for newsday tweeted today.

I think this probably stems both from his frustration about the lockout and his disdain for Suns owner Robert Sarver. Remember, Amar’e did want to remain in Phoenix but was unable to get a 5th guaranteed year on his contract from them. Saver is one of the small market owners pushing for the lockout and it makes sense why. If the last CBA would have had the 5/4/3 contract model that is being proposed in these labor talks, Sarver would have been able to keep Stoudemire. Phoenix would have been in the playoffs and attendance would not have suffered for Phoenix last season. It completely makes sense why Stoudemire is bitter towards Sarver. As much as I think these guys make too much money as it is, I think it was insulting to Stoudemire to not get that 5 year offer. I think Stoudemire, after 8 years in Phoenix and after all he had done for that franchise, was hurt by not getting that deal and thus came to New York. Now I am happy as hell to have him, I love Stoudemire but if he had gotten that 5 year max offer, such as the offer he got from the Knicks, he would still be a Phoenix Sun today. Again, this is all lockout rhetoric that nobody will remember in two weeks but it is interesting that Stoudemire still thinks back to the Phoenix days.

 

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Amar’e Stoudemire on Dan LeBatard Highly Questionable

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Stoudemire was interviewed on Dan LeBatard’s new ESPN show. In my opinion the show sucks and is weird despite the fact that I like Dan LeBatard. Stoudemire shows a lot of class in this interview talking about education, his childhood, his son and his trip to China.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Dunks Over Cardboard Blake Griffin

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Amar’e made his way around ESPN yesterday and video has surfaced of this hilarious video of him dunking over a cardboard Blake Griffin cutout with a nurf basketball.

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Amar’e Talks LeBron, Lockout on ESPN

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Always classy and always intelligent, Amar’e Stoudemire made appearances on ESPN First Take as well as Sportscenter.

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Melo and STAT lead Team Wade to 141-140 Victory Over Team LeBron

Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire represented the Knicks very nicely in Miami tonight. They both were the marquee players in Team Wade’s victory. STAT had maybe the highlight of the night when he dunked over Kevin Durant in the 4th quarter. Melo hit a clutch 3 pointer with 2 seconds left to put the game into overtime. He finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds. While Melo left the game in overtime with a calf cramp, Amar’e took over. He had 5 big points including 2 classic Amar’e style awkward looking shots.

Melo again looked in shape and he actually played some good defense tonight. Despite the fact that there were no real big men on Team LeBron, Stoudemire did look very good tonight.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Does Cameo On Entourage

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Amar’e Stoudemire continues to take advantage of the opportunities that New York provides him. Sunday night he appeared on HBO’s Entourage along with Mark Teixeira, Michael Strahan and Alex Rodriguez. In the episode, Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara) is trying to round up more money from New York superstar athletes to bring Don Pepe’s clams out to California.

Warning: The clip does use bad language so please do not be offended by that, I am only posting the clip.

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Stoudemire Planning Off-Season Workouts

Last week at the Melo league versus Goodman league showdown, Carmelo Anthony provided us with an interesting quotation after the game:

““I’m trying to find Amar’e, man,” Anthony said, laughing. “If anybody’s seen Amar’e, just tell him. I don’t know where he’s at . . . I heard he’s in China, I heard he’s back. Maybe I’ll see him in New York next week for Fashion Week.”

Many Knick followers, myself included, cringed when he made these comments because the two cornerstones of the franchise need to be on the same page. Newsday has reported that Anthony was in fact joking and that the two Knick superstars have been in contact all off-season and that Stoudemire has in fact began to organize Knick workouts next month. According to un-named Knick players, Stoudemire has emailed all 10 Knicks under contract, a few free agents from last years team and both rookie draft picks about working out at the IMG basketball facility in Florida. Iman Shumpert, the teams first round selection has been working out at IMG all off-season. The workouts will take place from Oct. 19 – Nov. 3. Jerome Jordan likely will not be in attendance due to his contract with Slovenia and Ronny Turiaf has a broken finger so his status is unknown.

This is very refreshing to hear because I was very worried when Melo made those comments. The Knicks right now seem healthy enough to do a camp like this at full speed. Melo looked thinner and more muscular last week at the Melo league game and seems to be 100% healthy after that elbow injury and Billups has been cleared to play basketball again. Stoudemire has had issues with his back but he has been cleared to play basketball as well and was healthy enough to win a 3 point shooting contest in China last month. Overall, it is great to hear that the two stars have been in contact and hopefully this camp will carry over into better chemistry when the regular season begins.

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