Amar’e Stoudemire is recruiting you. He is working you. He is hustling you. Stoudemire is as aware as any athlete we’ve had around here, he enjoys the almost universal praise he’s received from the moment he signed his name to the bottom of his Knicks contract. Mostly, he earned the praise. Mostly, he was a worthy recipient of the cheers of Knicks fans starving for a savior.
So you better believe he understands where he sits with so many of you now. He knows the disdain with which his name has been thrown around, has probably seen a few of the Internet creations — some of which, you have to admit, are hysterical — that have lampooned his first-round TKO at the hands of an American Airlines Arena fire extinguisher.