New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

Stoudemire to pass up working with Olajuwon for more rest


What the New York Knicks need more of from Amar’e Stoudemire is minutes.

It’s not a matter of adding moves or revamping some part of his game, it’s getting on the court — he only played 29 games last season following knee surgery. Stoudemire is going to be on a minutes limit (20 a game) but the Knicks want those 20 minutes.

Which means this summer, rather than have Stoudemire go work with Hakeem Olajuwon, the Knicks suggested he stay home and just rest, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Stoudemire had planned to return to Texas to refine the post moves he learned last summer….

“The main thing with Amar’e is we need him to rest,’’ Woodson said at the Las Vegas summer league. “Last summer, he put in a lot of time. He had some bad luck because he worked his butt off last summer. This summer we’ll rest him and make our push to get him ready for vet camp.”

If Stoudemire could give the Knicks 15-20 minutes a night as the backup four behind Carmelo Anthony that would be a welcome addition to the roster. Stoudemire is not as explosive as he once was, but he was very efficient last season when he did play, shooting 63.7 percent. That kind of play on a consistent basis would be a boost for New York.

We’ll see if Stoudemire can give that much anymore.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.