Amare Stoudemire “looks really good” this off-season

  • Dave Ragazzo
PHOTO COURTESY:  BEN SOLOMON/NY TIMES

PHOTO COURTESY: BEN SOLOMON/NY TIMES

If Amare Stoudemire can remain healthy and regain his old form, the sky is the limit for the New York Knicks.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders was at IMG Academy on Labor Day where Stoudemire happened to be training.  Kyler tweeted that Stoudemire “looks really good,” as he trained in the Bradenton, Fla. facility.

This is great news for a Knicks team that is poised to get back to the playoffs this season.  After improving at point guard and locking up Carmelo Anthony long term, the Knicks are certainly good enough on paper to make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference.

Stoudemire will be a large part of their future despite if he remains with the team through this year and beyond.  The 31-year old forward has been the rumor of trade speculation this off-season, with his expiring contract potentially being a key part of a trade for a younger compliment to Anthony.

Stoudemire has been a disappointment since signing with the Knicks as he has battled through injuries that seriously have hindered his play.  He was one of the league’s premiere talents when he signed a five-year, $99.7 million contract with New York in 2010.

He flourished in the beginning but hasn’t been much of a factor ever since.  During the second half of last season, he appeared to finally be healthy and showed flashes of the explosiveness that made him a star out in Phoenix.

If he can regain his old form, he could be an integral member of the Knicks.  He will have a chance to get back into the starting rotation with the departure of Tyson Chandler.  Andrea Bargnani and Samuel Dalembert are the others who will get major front court minutes.

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