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    Amare working with the Dream, Again

    It looks like Amare is doubling down on his post game. But I hope he works on that mid range game some too. I was excited to see what he came back with this past season, I hope he can build on it even after the injuries.

    Hakeem Olajuwon will work with Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire again
    By Zach Harper | NBA writer
    June 16, 2013 2:34 pm ET


    If Amar'e Stoudemire can get back his elevation, Hakeem Olajuwon can help him reach potential. (USATSI)
    Last summer, New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was getting primed for a big bounce-back season. Stoudemire went to Texas to work with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon for a week during the summer. He worked on his post game and all of the little tricks Olajuwon could reveal to him on how to dominate on the low block. It left Stoudemire ready for the 2012-13 season to prove that he wasn't on the decline.

    Then he got hit with a ruptured cyst in his left knee right before the season started, and that turned into knee debridement that sidelined him until the beginning of January. He struggled with his health all season, playing in just 29 games total. Olajuwon will work with him again this summer and try to help Stoudemire refine his game more. Via the New York Post:

    “He put in so much work, was excited and so confident,” Olajuwon told The Post by phone from his winter home in Amman, Jordan. “To see he didn't get a chance to really show it, I felt very bad for him. I felt for him this season because of how hard he worked. He looked so much forward to the season but with injuries he didn't get a chance to show what he learned last summer.”

    “Now he's coming back with all the moves,” Olajuwon said. “Now it comes to down refining it more. Where because he's had knee problems, his elevation is not as high as when he was younger, so he needs to be more crafty to get his shot off all the time. I've worked with him to create space in the paint where he can use his shooting ability and get his shot off.”

    Stoudemire was coming off a disappointing 2011-12 campaign in which his scoring was way down. He wasn't getting the same number of shots he was used to, and his field-goal percentage was under 50 for the first time in five seasons. There were questions about whether or not he and Carmelo Anthony could actually coexist in the Knicks' lineups. After going to work with Olajuwon, there was a certaine excitement about how a low post threat of Stoudemire moving forward could potentially complement Anthony on the court.

    After missing so much time because of his knees, Stoudemire will have to work hard on building the strength in his knees this summer. Once Olajuwon sees the athletic state of Stoudemire and just how healthy his body is, he can begin working on certain things to complement and develop the game of the Knicks' big man.

    “The only thing I want to see is his elevation,” Olajuwon said. “He needs good elevation. That's why he needs his knees to be strong so he can finish strong. Once you have surgeries, it depends on how hard you work to get back.

    “Once he's comfortable, we can apply a little more innovation. If he's moving good, it will be smoother and he'll get good elevation, and he'll get to another level. All summer he'll have to strengthen his knees.”

    Stoudemire will turn 31 years old in November and is beginning his 12th season in the NBA. If he's not explosive enough to be the high-flyer we saw even a couple seasons ago, he's going to have to adjust his game in order to start justifying even a big portion of the $45 million the Knicks owe him over the next two seasons.


    My man Ike got a bad rap

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    I think its good to have some positive news about Amare. A healthy Amare is necessary in the rapidly improving East. Hopefully he buys a quality post game, and that 17 footer.


    My man Ike got a bad rap

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    Would love if he learned how to pass from the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Leethal View Post
    Would love if he learned how to pass from the post.
    I don't think he has the vision right now, Dirk eventually matured enough to learn it so maybe it'll come in time

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    Knowing amare, he'll definitely improve/adjust his game. He's a worker. It's his health that I hate. He can't give us 30 minutes without messing something up

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    Quote Originally Posted by meloman1592 View Post
    Knowing amare, he'll definitely improve/adjust his game. He's a worker. It's his health that I hate. He can't give us 30 minutes without messing something up
    I'd be satisfied with him doing 20 minutes a game with 14 points and 60% shooting

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    I guess they forgot his defense is the main issue, not offense!


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    Kawhi is going to get murdered by Lebron. He is going to make a name for himself, as the guy who cost the Spurs a championship. Guy is garbage on defense.

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    man i wish we had saved amesity for his horrible contract

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    Glad to see Amare putting that work in.

    With all the constant negative news that always seems to surround Amare, there is one thing that can't be questioned since he got here...his heart and motivation. Its really just his health that is terrible....and defense lol.

    We better be seeing Tyson working with Hakeem this summer. Its disgusting watching him on the offensive end.

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    Amare working with the Dream, Again

    Hakeem teach him some defense!!!

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    The first thing he needs to do is go to Germany and get that Kobe procedure done.
    The second thing he needs to do is look at some game film and learn the rotations.
    He should work out with Hakeem for more than a week maybe several sessions over a month and learn
    to box out and play defense from a guy that was one of the best at it.

    His offense was fine last year, he was very efficient. I was extremely impressed. One thing offensively that he can work on is his midrange jumper maybe even the three. He had it before his back injury but the last few seasons its been completely off.

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    He trained with Hakeem for two weeks last time.

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    I think Amare can play 60+ games next season, the key being to rest him as much as we can. he hasn't done anything as a knick in the playoffs and it's sucked. we need him to be able to play 30 mins a night as a starter in the playoffs if we want to win a chip. this team is not winning a chip with Melo as the starting PF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEDean89 View Post
    I think Amare can play 60+ games next season, the key being to rest him as much as we can. he hasn't done anything as a knick in the playoffs and it's sucked. we need him to be able to play 30 mins a night as a starter in the playoffs if we want to win a chip. this team is not winning a chip with Melo as the starting PF.
    Agreed. Melo can play the role well in spurts, but it takes a toll on his body and we saw the outcome of that in this year's playoffs. I say we cap Amare around 20-25 minutes during the season (except for the few exceptions in must win games) to keep him healthy for the playoffs. Let Melo play at the PF for the 10-15 minutes he's needed and plug Copeland in at SF while he does that. I can see the Knicks having a very versatile lineup and a hybrid between small ball and traditional lineups. Feature Shumpert more and control JR and his crazy shot attempts. Woodson needs to take a page from the Popovich book and pull JR the moment he starts to get shot happy.

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