Amar'e Stoudemire Agrees To Five-Year, $100 Million Deal With Knicks

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Suns Blog: Stoudamire And D'Antoni Deserve One Another

Suns fans have the right to be upset now that Amar’e Stoudemire has left them to sign with the Knicks. But Phoenix blog Bright Side of the Sun doesn’t hate Stoudemire for leaving, the money was just too good. But what about the situation? For a guy who says his number one priority, was leaving the Suns for the Knicks the best move?

Amare has long said that winning was the number one priority, so his choice of new team is the Knicks, where they haven’t won anything since before Mike D’Antoni could grow hair on his lip. The Knicks are the worst possible choice if “winning” is what matters. They have one decent player on their roster and no two-time MVP point guard to get Stoudemire the ball.

Amare, of course, will say all the right things and he thinks he can probably help lure LeBron James, but that’s monkey pucky. If Amare wanted to land LeBron in NY, he would talk to LeBron first and make an agreement (free agents can’t tamper with each other) and they would walk down Broadway together arm in arm.

Now, maybe he will get lucky and LeBron will decide to go with him, but that seems highly unlikely.

I don’t wish Amare bad, but he is very likely in for a long few years of losing and it will only take about 2 months of playing mediocre basketball for the NY media to turn on the entire lot of them.

Don’t say they didn’t warn you, Amar’e.


Knicks Blog: Stoudamire's A Knick, Oh My God

Knicks fans have had very few reasons to exclaim in joy over the last few years so don’t mind them if they completely lose it over the impending signing of Amar’e Stoudemire. They have their first superstar in a long time, and perhaps the first of more to come. Knicks blog Posting And Toasting has some initial thoughts and they are exclamatory.

Some initial thoughts:

- Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.

- The Knicks are the first team to reel in a maximum-contract free agent from another team. I don’t think Donnie Walsh would make such a commitment if he didn’t believe it would attract other commitments, but only time will tell.

- With D’Antoni at the helm and Amar’e at the 4, it seems reasonable to expect the Knicks to make a move for D’Or Fisher.

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