Say What? Is That Amar’e Stoudemire Anchoring The Knicks’ Defense?

Amar’e said:

“I was just never taught it, through high school and I also think in the NBA. I think last year I watched a lot of film and took it upon myself to be better. I got to give it to [Suns coach] Alvin Gentry. He implemented some strategies that were helpful for me. I just took it and learned from that and carried it over to this season.

“It’s very important for us. A lot of times when you’re trying to win ballgames, especially down the stretch, defense is what does it. Getting stops, getting rebounds, that’s how you win the game. It’s imperative to me to bring some of that defensive intensity and it’s helping so far.

“I really didn’t think about blocking more shots this year. It wasn’t a thought of mine. My thought process was to become a better defensive player and better defensive team.”

Amare’s not playing. I mean he really is playing, but he’s not playing about playing.  He came here to be the leader.  He told the Post that while negotiating contracts, searching for his spiritual roots in Israel and preparing to become the face of New York sports, he was reading leadership books and continuing his defensive studies.  But Studdy not only studies defense he practically practices it too.  His last game of six blocks indicated that somebody on the Knicks, if not D’Antoni, was going to make defense a cornerstone for finishing games. The Knicks now lead the league in blocks and although guards are often skating to the basket, lay ups are no sure thing with Stoudemire, Turiaf and Mozzy guarding the rim.  Another point in the “Why You Should Love Him” column for Studdy. D-E-F-E-N-S-E.  Let’s Go Knicks.

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