New York Knicks Forward Amar’e Stoudemire Blasts Head Coach
The New York Knicks are 19-29 on the season, and yet they still continue to think about themselves.
Amar’e Stoudemire has been in and out of injury throughout the season, and feels like he needs to be on the court more to contribute to helping turn the team around. Especially for the second half of the season.
Instead of speaking on it behind closed doors, the forward decided to throw his head coach Mike Woodson under the bus. Woodson as been getting killed by fans and media, and has heard rumor after rumor all season about the security of his job.
Stoudemire said about his playing time,
“That’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day. I feel great. I am ready to play. But it’s up to him if he wants to play me or not.’’
“I talk to coach all the time about it. He knows I’m ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court. The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train. I’m ready to play, but it depends on how the game’s played.’’
The big man has had flashes a couple times this season of his old self, but has not yet been able to show his consistency on both sides of the floor this season.
Although he hasn’t been healthy in years, he does say he feels as good as ever.
“I feel great, man. It don’t take much for me. I have been playing at a high level my entire career. I know what it takes to get back to the top of the game. I know what it takes to feel confident. That’s never going to go away. It’s just a matter of how the coach is going to play me. I am available if they need me. If not, then we go with that.’’
Knicks next play the Portland Trail Blazers tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm.