Amar’e Stoudemire fits in New York. His personality, his confidence in his game, his global awareness, his style, the whole package, it just vibes with New York City and he provides them with the kind of star they’ve been looking for the past decade. In July, he put his name on the dotted line. Today he put his stamp on Times Square.
The Knicks unveiled Amar’es giant billboard in Times Square today as he toured the epicenter with an AAU team. Amar’e talked with NBC New York about playing for the Knicks, the pressure of the big city, and how he’d feel about Melo joining him.
It’s not that Phoenix was a bad fit for him. It wasn’t, and his time there was obviously valuable to him, as evidenced by his efforts to re-sign with the Suns. But Stoudemire has often portrayed himself as a cultural entity and a player befit of the biggest stage. Now that he’s in New York, it makes even more sense.
Of course, all of this ignores the fact that the hard part is next, winning games with Raymond Felton and Anthony Randolph instead of Steve Nash and Jason Richardson.