The New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire during the first quarter...

The New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire during the first quarter while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday March 4, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Amar'e Stoudemire took aim Friday at Brigham Young University and the suspension of basketball player Brandon Davies for a violation of the school honor code.

"Don't ever go to BYU," Stoudemire wrote on his Twitter account, scolding the school for suspending Davies for having premarital sex. He noted that Davies is black.

Stoudemire followed with another tweet that said, "Come on BYU, don't kick the kid out of school . . . "

Stoudemire wasn't entirely accurate; Davies was suspended from the team - which is ranked No. 3 in the nation and led by NBA prospect Jimmer Fredette - but not expelled from school. Coach Dave Rose hopes the 6-9 forward, who had been leading the team in rebounding, will be able to return to the program next season.

Stoudemire has almost 250,000 followers on Twitter. He was not available before the game to comment.


Walsh likes future

If this is to be Donnie Walsh's last season as team president, he spoke with some satisfaction about what he has been able to accomplish in less than three years. Said Walsh, "When I first came here, I didn't know if we would ever be in this position this quickly with three guys like Amar'e, Carmelo [Anthony] and Chauncey [Billups]. So I feel good about where the franchise is going from here."

Walsh's contract expires after this season if the team does not pick up his option for the 2011-12 season by April 30. Garden executive chairman James Dolan recently said he would discuss the future with Walsh after the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Walsh turned 70 Tuesday.

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