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09:49 AM ET 05.19 | After being benched for the second half for the second straight playoff game, Amar'e Stoudemire is confused with his role with the Knicks going forward. His injury-wracked season never included a single start and ended with coach Mike Woodson not trusting the $100 million man after the first two quarters. When asked if next season he should come back as a starter alongside Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire made his loudest statement. "We didn't give it a chance," Stoudemire said after the Knicks' season ended in heartbreak in a 106-99 loss to the Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "We need to understand exactly what my style of play is and what I bring to the table. It's something I have to sit down with Coach Woody and express to him."

New York Post

Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images
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May 19, 2013  10:10 AM ET

French! I mean first...

May 19, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Confused was coach Woody. Deer in the headlights!!!!!

May 19, 2013  10:25 AM ET

To be fair, Shumpert had it going, and they decided to play small ball. The 3 is what got them back in the game. Amare is a misfit to this team.

May 19, 2013  10:32 AM ET

He has to be the highest paid player ever to not even start one game

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May 19, 2013  11:28 AM ET

Confused? He sucks...no confusion here.

May 19, 2013  11:33 AM ET

should have played Novak instead of the struggling JR smith

May 19, 2013  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Confused? He sucks...no confusion here.

LOL.....

this is the most spot on comment that has EVER been posted in the history of fan nation...

May 19, 2013  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

To be fair, Shumpert had it going, and they decided to play small ball. The 3 is what got them back in the game. Amare is a misfit to this team.

Shumpert was on fire and Melo decided he should turn the ball over and brick a bunch of shots inthe 4th ...

May 19, 2013  12:31 PM ET

What they forget to mention was NY's downfall in the playoffs also started when Amare came back to supposedly help the team. The continuity seemed to falter because they tried integrating a rusty Amare...

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May 19, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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I don't think that's the case. Amare barely played. The problem seemed to be that others mainly JR didn't keep up his scoring.The Indy defense took them out of their game and they never found a rhythm after that.

JR was a problem but there were others also. The rhythm was gone because of the lack of ball movement also. I think they lose both JR and Copeland. They'll probably find some minor contract players to replace them. There are a lot out there. Copeland is a perfect example.

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May 19, 2013  02:07 PM ET

Let's face facts here. Every single criticism of the Knicks can be traced back to the worst coaching job in the history of organized professional sports.

Yes Carmelo's passes were crazy last night. However, nobody in this hemisphere - let alone his teammates - expects Anthony to pass at all, and they have no idea where they are supposed to be, since a pass is not part of the Mike Woodson playbook.

The strange, perhaps romantic relationship between Woodson and Smith blurred his vision. Is Novak a good defender? No. But neither is Smith. So if Smith is blowing his drives and his jumpers, why not try Novak. There were times, last night, when Novak and Copeland could have been on the floor, when Vogel had his slow line-up in.

Felton was 0 for 7 an even more out of control than normal. Jason Kidd can go 0 for 7, and manager to not have 4 turnovers and another 6 stupid plays.

Speaking of plays, why do we pay a coach over $1 million per year, when nothing he does matches the definition of coach in the dictionary? No offensive sets or encouragement of ball movement. No ability to adjust to the roster moves and substitution patterns of the opposing coach. Obviously no negative consequences for lazy play (hundreds of examples, but JR Smith simply allowing Indiana to take the bouncing ball away is one last night.)

There are lots of excuses from injuries to slumps. The bottom line is that ALL teams have these issues, and the coach works around them. The Knicks performance this year is IDENTICAL to the Hawks under Woodson: Boring, predictable and easy to defense ISO plays. During the season, this plan might work, because each team has 3 or 4 opponents to play each week. There is no time to study game tape. In a playoff series, where there are only 5 games over two weeks and the opponent is the same, it is easy for an opponent to see how tragically predictable Mike Woodson is. Give Woodson control of the Heat, and they would be out in the second round.

May 19, 2013  02:22 PM ET

Amar'e, you're role is the guy with the burdensome contract that keeps the Knicks from being a true contender. Embrace it, my friend, it pays VERY well!

May 19, 2013  02:39 PM ET

I also was disappointed with the coaching. The Knicks don't seem to have any offensive sets at all. Don't they run plays? It doesn't seem like it.

Now I'd like to ask, where did Tyson Chandler go in the entire series and where was Raymond Felton last night? He has to penetrate to set up their shooters. W/o penetration, any defender can just sit on the shooters.

I thought Indiana was clearly the better team and better coached as well. I actually think the Knicks overachieved this season, not under.

Now does anyone know where they can get a power forward who rebounds and can score in the paint. Ya know, just like David West.

May 19, 2013  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Amar'e, you're role is the guy with the burdensome contract that keeps the Knicks from being a true contender. Embrace it, my friend, it pays VERY well!

It's a cushy job but someone has to do it.

May 19, 2013  05:43 PM ET

Woodson idea of making Carmelo a point/power forward made no sense to me. He had way too much on his plate. They have 3 point guards on that team and they dont even use them. J R Smith his defense was disgraceful. J R and Carmelo except all their teammates to do all the dirty work while they chuck up bricks and freeze the entire team.
Felton has no connection with Chandler. Kidd did not score for 10 games!! Carmelo playing point forward that does not pass. Last year they were a team that would do anything for each other. The Knicks are not a team, just a group of individuals.

 
May 19, 2013  06:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Let's face facts here. Every single criticism of the Knicks can be traced back to the worst coaching job in the history of organized professional sports.Yes Carmelo's passes were crazy last night. However, nobody in this hemisphere - let alone his teammates - expects Anthony to pass at all, and they have no idea where they are supposed to be, since a pass is not part of the Mike Woodson playbook.The strange, perhaps romantic relationship between Woodson and Smith blurred his vision. Is Novak a good defender? No. But neither is Smith. So if Smith is blowing his drives and his jumpers, why not try Novak. There were times, last night, when Novak and Copeland could have been on the floor, when Vogel had his slow line-up in.Felton was 0 for 7 an even more out of control than normal. Jason Kidd can go 0 for 7, and manager to not have 4 turnovers and another 6 stupid plays.Speaking of plays, why do we pay a coach over $1 million per year, when nothing he does matches the definition of coach in the dictionary? No offensive sets or encouragement of ball movement. No ability to adjust to the roster moves and substitution patterns of the opposing coach. Obviously no negative consequences for lazy play (hundreds of examples, but JR Smith simply allowing Indiana to take the bouncing ball away is one last night.)There are lots of excuses from injuries to slumps. The bottom line is that ALL teams have these issues, and the coach works around them. The Knicks performance this year is IDENTICAL to the Hawks under Woodson: Boring, predictable and easy to defense ISO plays. During the season, this plan might work, because each team has 3 or 4 opponents to play each week. There is no time to study game tape. In a playoff series, where there are only 5 games over two weeks and the opponent is the same, it is easy for an opponent to see how tragically predictable Mike Woodson is. Give Woodson control of the Heat, and they would be out in the second round.

Thank You so much. After seeing Woody "coach" the Hawks for years, and having seen in real close quarters his "ability" to manage personnel, I always maintained that Woody is NOT a NBA HC material. He is a good assistant coach to preach defense, that's it.

He might even get a pass as HC for some middle of the road or a rebuilding team for a couple years, but for a franchise touting championship aspirations, it is ridiculous to have such a HC with CLEARLY GLARING inabilities. Mind boggling.

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