One game back and Stat is making headlines. Gotta love this guy. Amar’e Stoudemire spoke with reporters yesterday at Knicks practice and jabbed at former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni while talking about his own shortcomings.
Check out what he had to say…
Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire vowed to become a better defensive player as the season goes on, saying he finally has a “defensive coach’’ in Mike Woodson, a clear shot at Mike D’Antoni.
It was not the first time Stoudemire appeared to lay the blame on his former Suns and Knicks coach but it was the most emphatic. Stoudemire’s defense was putrid during his 16-minute, six-point, one-rebound debut Tuesday night, causing Woodson most of his concern. The Knicks are 0-1 with Stoudemire, losing to Portland, 105-100.
“Just having a defensive coach for the first time in my career is going to help,’’ Stoudemire said. “I’ve never been taught defense my whole career. To now have a coach who actually teaches defense and strategies and knows positioning and posture and how to guard different plays is going to be helpful and I’m taking it as a challenge and try to improve as a player.’’