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Stoudemire wants Nash to join him in New York. Shocking.

May 10, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

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Amare Stoudemire had 7 shots in Game 5 against the Heat Thursday when the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony had 31. Heck, Mike Bibby had 7 shots.

So is it really a surprise that Stoudemire loves the idea of Steve Nash coming to play for the Knicks? Stoudemire has his best seasons next to the pick-and-roll master, plus if the ball is in Nash’s hands it’s not in ‘Melos.

Stoudemire told the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola he wants free agent Nash to be a Knick next year.

“Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve,” Stoudemire told The Daily News. “I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”

Nash does live in New York in the offseason and the Knicks will pursue him, the question is does he want to come there?

The Knicks can only offer Nash an exception deal — they are already over the cap for next season — so he’d have to take less. Would he do that to come to a place where they fired his friend and former coach Mike D’Antoni and he’d have to fight ‘Melo for the ball. If he’s going to take the minimum to play on a team with a guy who dominates the ball just to chase a ring, why not do that in South Beach?

Nash will have options. But you can bet Stoudemire will be part of the recruiting pitch Nash hears.

  1. cakemixa - May 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Sigh. Are we really going to get 50 stories per day about Steve Nash and/or Phil Jackson to the Knicks all off-season?

    • hwatt - May 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      YES. pbt works for clicks. No Phil Jackson no clicks no cash no site. Have you been clicking on these ads to support site revenue?

      Somewhere, Jeremy Lin spends all summer bracing for Nash impact…

    • 20dollardinners - May 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      New York = the largest market
      Steve Nash = 2 time MVP and best point guard over the last 10 years
      Phil Jackson = the best coach of all time

      I am ok with it.

  2. juanandonly24 - May 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Chances are Amare goes back to Phoenix before Nash goes to New York. That’s how little New York fans want Amare there.

    • yournuts - May 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      juanandonly24, it would be good if you really knew what Knick fans really thought instead of opening your mouth! Knick fans are thrilled that we made the playoffs, we know that our injuries mounted, we weren’t at full strength, and we are thrilled to have a team that is at least in the playoffs. We love Melo and Amare as well as everyone who contributed this year. Melo and Amare will work better together with a point guard who distributes and makes the offense that much better. The knicks are a team on the rise and will work out their problems. Can’t wait for next season.
      I want to thank the Knicks for this season. They had a lot of adversity and grew as a team, they showed a lot of fight. We will be that much better next year. Go Knicks

  3. nokoolaidcowboy - May 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    NYers are a funny bunch. Live by Carmelo, but prepare to die by Carmelo. The ball will not get passed around.

    BTW, anyone know how Lala’s acting career is doing?

  4. lakerluver - May 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah, as if he’s the missing piece to a championship. Maybe if this was 2007 instead of 2012. The Knickels are a mess.

  5. secdominance - May 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Why? So he can pass the ball to Melo and never get it back?

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Most Knick fans that I know want him gone, yournuts.

    I’m one of them but ONLY for cap reasons. In any other scenario, with more than the $2-$3 mill in cap space that we’ll have come July, I would be fine with Nash coming here, but it won’t work with an 8 man rotation with four guys who play for exceptions and vet minimums who never leave the bench even in blowouts.

  7. mungman69 - May 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Steve Nash is getting pretty old.

  8. 00maltliquor - May 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Translation: SAVE ME FROM CARMELO OLD BUDDY!!! Daddy misses you! I never should have left your side, I neeeeds yooou!!!

  9. 00maltliquor - May 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Hey Jeremy Lin, come take your act to LA and be our back up. We’ll give you good minutes, like 22-24 to be exact. ANNNYYYthing would work as a welcomed upgrade over Steve Blake, worst Laker since Kwame Brown.

  10. blue18hutthutt - May 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I would love to see this happen – Nash would be the perfect mentor to Lin

    Lin has no ego and Nash is a class act …I could see the perfect situation here

    Besides, if the Knicks could get by with a broken down Davis and a ready-for-the-glue-factory Mike Bibby …imagine what Nash could do with 20min a game

  11. thacloser86 - May 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Want to win a title Miami the spot

  12. shockexchange - May 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Didn’t Amare say the main reason he left Phoenix was because he didn’t want to play with a bunch of old guys (Grant Hill, Steve Nash) anymore? Seems ironic that he won uld want Nash to come to NYC when he may not be there much longer himself.

  13. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Will be extremely difficult to move Amare and his contract, and what do the Knicks get for him is another story entirely. He would have to go to a team that thinks they are one player away from winning it all! Which team is that???

    • 00maltliquor - May 11, 2012 at 1:48 AM

      Bulls?

  14. shockexchange - May 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    @canehouse Fair point. But after he got “out of hand” during the Heat series, I doubt if Knicks still want him back.

  15. boilerup1869 - May 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    They certainly are a mess and we can find two common denominators in almost all of these situations — Carmelo Anthony and James Dolan.

    Melo is a selfish, me-first, blackhole of a player who is interested only in what’s best for him. Anytime he says, “I just want to win games for my team,” it’s because he’s been a loser his entire NBA career and he’s trying to eradicate the losing stigma that he has. It really all boils down to what Melo is doing for Melo.

    The second part of the problem is the meddling of James Dolan. The excessively hands-on management style of the Knicks’ owner is second only to that of Michael Jordan’s in terms of futility. As long as Dolan keeps over-stepping his competency (e.g., bringing in Melo, Donnie Walsh, Isiah Thomas, etc.), the Knicks will struggle to develop a championship-quality club.

    And finally, I highly doubt Steve Nash has ANY interest in playing with Melo. Those two styles of basketball are worlds apart.

  16. 11jlacy - May 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Amare you see that fake move u did with shane very classless say man I would never figure a cat like u would that. U not the same

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