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Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘On paper, we might be the best team in the league’

Apr 14, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

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You think the Heat are loaded with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?

Or the Thunder with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka?

Or even the Hawks with Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague?

Better think again, because none of those teams hold a candle to… the Knicks – at least so says Amar’e Stoudemire.

Usually, I’d present a case why Stoudemire is wrong. Then I’d add a caveat that it’s OK for him to believe in his own team, even in spite of common sense.

But I’m not going to bother with all that. Stoudemire is so off, you don’t need me to explain why, and I’m not going to defend his right to be this illogical.

Utter nonsense. The end.

  1. chargerdillon - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Amare must be using rolling paper because he’s high to make a statement like that.

    • msnyc10 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      He means if you consider him in his Phoenix prime years, if Kidd were back in his prime years, and Melo’s talent translated to winning. As someone said last year of the Knicks; ‘The Knicks are the Team of the Year. Unfortunately the year is 2001’

    • stayhigh_247 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      which league, the D league?

      • heat256 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        JV maybe

  2. lazykiz - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    This ain’t 2k Amar’e

  3. chitownmatt - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Isn’t this something people say at the beginning of the season???

    • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Yes. What’s the problem with saying it at the end too

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Well they didn’t even make the playoffs

      • chitownmatt - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        A team that, “looks good on paper” refers to a situation where the team’s anticipated performances and expectations are high based on the individual players’ previous season’s stats. (The 2012-13 Lakers are a great example)

        Obviously, the Knick’s individual and collective stats based on the past season are…well…not that great.

      • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        Are people really this stupid ? And simpleminded ?

        A real life record and how a team performs due to a multitude of reasons involving injury, suspension and off court drama in real life and how games end do not change what is on the paper. Just because it’s the end of the season doesn’t mean the names on the paper has changed. It still makes sense for a are to make the claim at the end of a season because it still the paper he is talking about. Not the outcome in real life on the court. Smh.

        If a championship worthy team starts the season 0-10 does that change the talent on the paper ? So silly u guys. At this point, more than ten games have been played but it’s only the paper he is talking about.

      • sonnysuave - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:20 AM

        The problem is… there ISN’T talent on the paper. Sure, he can say this at the end of the season… but obviously, everyone & their mamas scoff at it even more than if he were to say it at the beginning of the season, after seeing how they’ve performed all season long.

      • money2long - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:38 AM

        I wasn’t supporting the stance on whether he is right or wrong. I was only showing the fools out there that it still makes sense to say it at the end of a season. Have a nice day

  4. senorpapino - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    You could take 07 Amare from the Suns, Chandler from the Mavs title team, Melo from the year in Denver where they reached the WCF, JR Smith from last year and you still wouldn’t have the best team in the league.

    • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Shannon brown
      And more also enjoyed success.

  5. 6stn - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    What kind of paper: Charmin or Soft and Gentle?

    • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      That was a good one lol

    • thenew013 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM


  6. mogogo1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Explains a lot. I bet several of his teammates probably agree with him.

  7. usedtobeasteelersfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM


  8. bucrightoff - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    On paper, they looked like a terrible team. Looks like sometimes it plays out to form.

  9. rodge1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM



  10. csbanter - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    He’s 2 weeks late for April Fools.

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Wow what a fool. The only thing positive about this season is the Amare and JR played well enough that maybe someone will be willing to take both of them

  12. cantonbound13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Good enough to be a playoff team, unfortunately dumb a$$ Woodson finally played his best 5 in the starting lineup over the last month. They’re 12 games over .500 since he figured it out.

    • cruzan80 - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      James Dolan…not Woodson was the one who traded for Bargnani. The teams doctors…not Woodson is the one who had Amare on a strict minute restriction. J.R. Smith….not Woodson was the one who decided to smoke weed, get suspended & become the shoe lace bandit.

      Woodson will probably get fired at seasons end but he is far from what was the actual problem on this team. I would respect PJ so much more if he recognized that, kept Woodson & maybe hire Kerr or Rambis as an assistant coach next season. Otherwise this is scape goat 101 right here.

  13. 93warchant - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Who the hell wants Amar’e at his salary and the fact he can’t play defense let alone the dollars he’s making. And J.R Smith only cares about himself clowning around half the time wondering why he’s being benched. The NBA is a Billion dollar business and he’s playing around like its junior high.

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  16. 5xchamp24 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    You guys missed the key words. Paper and might. Whats the big fuss?

    • sonnysuave - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      The word “might” suggests there’s a good possibility it’s true (i.e. – “they might win the game!”). In Amare’s statement… the possibility of NY being the best in the league, is a joke!

  17. stekaz - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Keep in mind this guy came from nothing, lost family, knee injuries. He’s relentlessly positive. Almost to the point of self delusion, but it’s worked for him.

  18. cruzan80 - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    “‘On paper we might”

    I dont see what the big deal is…

    • sonnysuave - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:34 AM

      The word “might” suggests there’s a good possibility it’s true (i.e. – “they might win the game!”). In Amare’s statement… the possibility of NY being the best in the league, is a joke!

  19. sportsfan18 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM


    It must be something there in NYC… the pollution, the water… something to make the organization from the owner on down to the players so stupid…

    What an asinine thing to say…

    J.R. “the mouth” Smith…

    I had high hopes for Phil… am a long time Bulls fan, from the mid 70’s as I’m old… but NYC has ALREADY gotten to Phil if because he was THINKING of signing Lamar…

    Doesn’t matter that it didn’t happen… he THOUGHT about it and that means NYC has already changed him up…

    This isn’t going to end well for Phil…

  20. canadatude - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    What is Amar’e on and where can I get some of it?
    Too bad that basketball games are played on the court and not on paper.

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