While the verdict is still out on LeBron and D. Wade, Knicks fans can cross Chris Bosh off their wishlist as they no longer need him. He just so happens to play the same position as a certain Amar’e Stoudemire. A guy who just agreed to a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million dollars.
Interestingly enough, the move will reunite him with former coach Mike D’Antoni who he really didn’t have the greatest of relationships with.
Stoudemire spent the Fourth of July weekend in New York, ending up at a party in the Hamptons with his agent, Happy Walters, at the home of Knicks owner James Dolan on Sunday night. After the two sides commenced official negotiations Monday it did not take long for New York to make its offer and for Stoudemire to accept, with a final meeting Monday afternoon between Stoudemire and the team’s ownership group, led by Dolan, making it official. Stoudemire has already started recruiting, saying he spoke to James’ people and directly to Wade last week. And he said he won’t be affected if those players say no to New York.
“Totally comfortable, totally confident that my leadership qualities will uplift all of us to do something great this upcoming season,” Stoudemire said. “So again, the Knicks are back.”
Slow your roll there, champ. The Knicks are better but they’re certainly not “back.”
This is one of those “glass half-empty” situations. The Knicks having the salary cap room for another big addition speaks hopeful of their promise but the fact that they have so much play money still is cause for great concern. It’s going to take more than a couple All-Stars to turn the franchise around. It’s a start but as it stands today, Knicks fans should still prepare for a nippy winter.