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Stoudemire says it’s a championship or bust for Knicks

Jul 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Be ready for failure, Knicks fans.

Amare Stoudemire set the parameters for next season while speaking with MSG during a Knicks Summer League contest (as transcribed by Newsday). And like you want a competitor to say, he set the bar very high.

“Anything less than a championship,” the power forward said on MSG Thursday during Knicks’ Summer League broadcast from Las Vegas, “is a waste of a season.”

The Knicks should be better next season — just a full season under Mike Woodson without the turmoil of a mid-season coaching switch will help. Marcus Camby is a good fit as a backup big man and Raymond Felton seems motivated. They will get a good seed, maybe have a first round home court advantage, maybe get to the second round.

But unless there are some big changes, they are not coming out of the East. Miami got better and they have the crown. Boston got better. Chicago is potentially a title contender depending on Derrick Rose. After that there is a step down to the next tier in the East, where New York, Indiana and likely Brooklyn live. For the Knicks to get out of the East pretty much everything has to go right, then they would get to the finals and run into the Thunder or Lakers and, well. Bust.

But you don’t really want or expect Stoudemire to say anything otherwise.

  1. vader7176 - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Wow. Meth ia a hell of a drug

  2. bizmarks12 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    IT”S BUST !!! DUH……

  3. jengibre23 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Well welcome to the long list of busts because there I no way they will take on the heat thunder Chicago or even the lakers. Especially if the do get that asshole Howard. Plus when the playoffs start amare is just gonna injure himself like he has the past 2 playoff appearances

  4. lakerluver - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Looks like BUST then!!!

  5. canehouse - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  6. chilomane - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    He should not talk.

  7. misterdreamer119 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Knicks will compete in the east.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      One and done!

  8. bizmarks12 - Jul 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    BUST of course.

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