Stoudemire: We need championship mentality
Amar'e Stoudemire didn't step into a ready-made situation in New York the way his fellow marquee free agents, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, did in Miami. With the NBA's seventh-youngest roster around him, there are going to be growing pains. Yesterday's 106-96 loss to the 76ers was one of them.
Afterward, Stoudemire talked about the need for his team to have "more of a championship mentality,'' which, as he explained, is "a matter of understanding just how important wins are."
Although the Knicks missed 13 of their last 14 shots and managed only seven points in the final seven minutes - all by Stoudemire - he wasn't as bothered by the sputtering offense.
The pick-and-roll, the play with which he did most of his damage with Steve Nash in Phoenix, is nowhere near as effective here with Raymond Felton running the point.
But despite acknowledging that "we've got to figure out what the plan is down the stretch" on offense, Stoudemire said the game was lost "in the third quarter, with all the fouling." The 76ers were 9-for-14 from the line in the quarter - 5-for-5 by Lou Williams in a sequence in which he caught Landry Fields with a rip-through and then a pump-fake and was fouled twice on long jumpers, the first a three-pointer.
"Imagine if we play guys like Kobe Bryant, who does it all the time," Stoudemire said of drawing fouls. "That would have really been an issue. We can't afford to foul guys like we did."
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