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Stoudemire to pass up working with Olajuwon for more rest

Aug 2, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York Reuters

What the New York Knicks need more of from Amar’e Stoudemire is minutes.

It’s not a matter of adding moves or revamping some part of his game, it’s getting on the court — he only played 29 games last season following knee surgery. Stoudemire is going to be on a minutes limit (20 a game) but the Knicks want those 20 minutes.

Which means this summer, rather than have Stoudemire go work with Hakeem Olajuwon, the Knicks suggested he stay home and just rest, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Stoudemire had planned to return to Texas to refine the post moves he learned last summer….

“The main thing with Amar’e is we need him to rest,’’ Woodson said at the Las Vegas summer league. “Last summer, he put in a lot of time. He had some bad luck because he worked his butt off last summer. This summer we’ll rest him and make our push to get him ready for vet camp.”

If Stoudemire could give the Knicks 15-20 minutes a night as the backup four behind Carmelo Anthony that would be a welcome addition to the roster. Stoudemire is not as explosive as he once was, but he was very efficient last season when he did play, shooting 63.7 percent. That kind of play on a consistent basis would be a boost for New York.

We’ll see if Stoudemire can give that much anymore.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in his contract to sleep in a Hyperbaric chamber every night too!

  2. thekingdave - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Kinda weird this was even a possibility since Dream’s officially employed by the Rockets now.

  3. losanginsight - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    So D12 has been a rocket for a few weeks now and zero reports about him working on free throws or post move with The Dream? Hope he’s having fun!

  4. blue18hutthutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Most expensive bench player in history

  5. jimeejohnson - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    A healthy Amar’e closes the gap between the Knicks and the league’s top teams. Carmelo can’t do it by himself.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Sadly, that’s never happening ever again. We’ve already seen the best of Amare.

  6. saint1997 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Can never fault that man’s work ethic. A true star and the only mistake he ever made was accepting a ridiculous contract he was given

    • demasane - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      adding 100 million dollars to your name is a mistake?

  7. bchapman2011 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Olajuwon’s body is probably still in better shape than old man Amare. There is not enough rest in the world to get his body back to where he can justify his contract.

  8. eatitfanboy - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    What they need is for Amar’e Stoudemire to go away. Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to play with him and the team is better when he’s not on the floor.

  9. dysraw1 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    dude you don’t have a clue, STAT can still be big for this team, his health has been the only stopping him. and the dude that said he shouldn’t have accepted his contract must be high too.

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