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Beautiful letter here to Amar'e. Can't wait for STAT to come back and prove the doubters wrong.
We miss you.
Not just the media. Not just the team. Not just the fans. This city, though, misses you. This city needs you.
It seems like just yesterday that you were parading 8th Avenue with both hands on the brim of your crisp new blue and orange fitted hat. â€śThe Knicks are back,â€ť you said. You werenâ€™t wrong. On that hot July day in 2010, you were the smartest man in Manhattan and the toast of the town.
In absolutely no time at all, you embraced the culture of New York like few before you had ever done. Stephon Marbury couldnâ€™t do it and he was molded here. Eddy Curry couldnâ€™t do it, in spite of this franchiseâ€™s long history of proud big men. You, thoughâ€¦ You were made to be displayed in The Mecca. You were created in the form of what Knicks fans had anticipated for so long.
With strings of 30-point games and All-Star appearances, you made people care again. You were creating memories for lifelong Knicks enthusiasts and newcomers one 48-minute span at a time. You made a believer out of so many people who thought â€śThe Decisionâ€ť had decided another decade of mediocrity for a once storied franchise. You brought relevance back to The Garden.
In spite of all that, your return is, for the most part, surrounded with speculation that you wonâ€™t mesh with Mike Woodsonâ€™s current bunch. At the end of the month, youâ€™ll be greeted by a swarm of mixed reactions, most of which are curious as to whether or not you can coincide with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, who has served as the teamâ€™s folk hero (and rightfully so) for the first quarter of the season.
We, though, the tried and the true, know exactly what you bring to this table. You took on the challenge that nobody else wanted that summer less than three years ago. You welcomed the Knicks, and this city, into your life with open arms and, in return, we, the fans, did the same for you. Any basketball enthusiast would be hard-pressed to believe that you would do anything other than help this team toward the ultimate prize.
So, Amarâ€™e, we miss you, and we need you to know it. Winning streaks at home and blow out wins in Miami are great, but they feel incomplete. Youâ€™re the one who started this. You made people believe again. Now that the Knicks are officially back, we need you back, too.
#4 Re: Dear Amar'e Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:13 pm by IMAN5
I love that letter, I hope everyone can tak something from that and stop bashing him, I think this team still needs him a lot. Can't be depending on Brewer to always make 3s as a starter or Sheed to play big minutes. Amare should be taking those minutes.
I've always respected Amar'e for his hard work ethic alone. I as a fan don't feel like I "owe" him any loyalty because I cheer for the name on the front not the back, but I'm pulling for Amar'e to come in and be our not so secret weapon. One of my favorite Amar'e moments was this:
I sat a few rows behind the Knicks bench and Amar'e was the man!
knicks94 wrote:If Phil were smart he would take his limo to Connecticut and speak with Vin Baker.
Stat will improve this team by a lot. There isn't the slightest doubt in my mind. Still I'd limit his minutes to 28 or so. With the way this team is going, saving up players for the playoffs is the biggest concern. As long as we remain healthy we'll win games. Whether it's 54 wins or 57 doesn't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things and we also want Stat to remain healthy throughout the rest of his contract.
#9 Re: Dear Amar'e Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:50 pm by waya
The biggest reason for his drop of production last season was the complete disappearance of his jump shot. If he can start hitting it again, he'll be fine on offense and will just have to get in where he fits in defensively.
Leaguepass wrote:Stat will improve this team by a lot. There isn't the slightest doubt in my mind. Still I'd limit his minutes to 28 or so. With the way this team is going, saving up players for the playoffs is the biggest concern. As long as we remain healthy we'll win games. Whether it's 54 wins or 57 doesn't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things and we also want Stat to remain healthy throughout the rest of his contract.
Were on pace to win 63 and were already through the hardest part of the schedule...