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Amar’e Stoudemire frustrated with minutes restriction

Nov 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Reuters

The Knicks are a mess right now, and after dropping their fifth straight home game on Saturday to fall to just 3-6 on the season, the frustration is becoming public from nearly every corner of the locker room.

Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Mike Woodson have all expressed concern over the team’s apparent lack of effort, and Amar’e Stoudemire is the latest to chime in, although his remarks pertain more to his personal situation.

Coming off of knee surgery, Stoudemire has been on a minutes restriction that’s limited his ability to be effective in his short stints on the floor. And it appears he isn’t happy about it.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

“It’s making me look like my game is gone or that I don’t have game anymore because when you play five minutes, it’s just tough to really get in a rhythm,” Stoudemire said before Saturday night’s 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

In an effort to protect his oft-injured knees, the Knicks have placed Stoudemire on a limit of 10 minutes per game. He has been playing two five-minute intervals.

“It’s tough to play five minutes and expect to be great in five minutes. It’s almost impossible,” he said. “By the time you get up and down and get adjusted to the speed of the game, it’s already three minutes, and then in two minutes you’re out of there. And if you miss a shot, it feels [like] the world is collapsing on you because you’re expected to do so much and somewhat win the game in five minutes and it’s tough. It’s hard to deal with.”

Stoudemire suggested a time management program similar to that of the Spurs’ Tim Duncan, where he’d play 20-25 minutes in consecutive games and then sit out the third in four nights.

Knicks head coach Mike Woodson seemed to be open to considering it, but Stoudemire’s chronic knee issues are a legitimate concern. It’s understandable, then, that the Knicks want to be careful with one of the few big men on the roster, despite the slow start to the season and the chance (however slim) that Stoudemire may be able to contribute if given those extra minutes.

  1. JHathwell - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Well, at least they can go 28-54 this year and get a high pick in this awesome draft!

    It will be worth repeating ’til the day the world ends: The Knicks got fleeced in the Carmelo Anthony trade and as a result, were doomed from the start. Wilson Chandler, Gallo, Felton, Mozgov, Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry’s gigantic expiring contract and their 2014 #1 for a guy they could have signed in Free Agency. Think about that.

    If only they hadn’t panicked, they might actually have a great team now instead of 90m worth of old, injured, overpaid guys.

  2. themagicfanguy - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The Knicks may lose that pick to the Magic depending on how the Nuggets do.

  3. JHathwell - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    The first sentence was sarcasm, brother.

    And it’s not a “may”. The knicks traded the pick to Denver, so it’s theirs now. Whether or not they convey it to Orlando is another story.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    He ought to be thrilled he can’t get on the court, now nobody can blame him for the team sucking so very hard.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Gee, Amare, don’t get too butthurt about it. Maybe try sleeping on a hundred million dollar pile of money tonight.

  6. nygrwy - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I think they should make a deal with him. Give him more time but if he has a major knee issue because of it he should retire at the end of the season. He has already been paid handsomely for the amount of time he has actually played. Seriously though who is going to walk away from 20 million

  7. seattlenative57 - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Amare must think everyone’s an idiot. His chronic knee injuries have prevented him from playing a full season forever. Surgeries? I’ve lost track how many. Does he really believe more playing time is the answer. He’s fortunate to be on the roster, only in New York. Any place else, he’s out of the league. His selfishness is astonishing, but mirrors that of his so-called teammates. All of the Knicks deserve eachother and their record.

  8. 00maltliquor - Nov 18, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Well Amare, welcome to the life of a bench player.

    No need to use that min. argument as an excuse, when Jordan Hill gets his 10 min. of burn, he makes the MOST of it!

  9. mackcarrington - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Analyzing Amar’e’s comments, he is saying that he needs time to get warmed up and get into the speed of the game. But he is still claiming that he “has game”. To me if he still “got game’, then he don’t need to warm up and catch up. He should come in Blazing. I suppose he wants to start and play 35 minutes too. But then his knees will start aching. Oh my, what is an aging superstar to do?

  10. srirachahhhhhhhh - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    LOL STAT.. he still thinks he is relevant. just sit back and keep milking the knicks of that easy money. whenever you talk it just pisses everyone off

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