With all the talk of Jeremy Lin's departure, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler with Team USA and the Knicks' offseason acquisitions, one of the Knicks' biggest names has gotten lost in the shuffle recently.
So where in the world is Amare Stoudemire these days?
STAT's team that handles his training regimen and schedule said that since the first week of June, the power forward has been involved with a offseason workout program in the Los Angeles area, doing two-a-days. In the morning, he meets with a physical therapist to strengthen his lower back, where he suffered a bulging disk in March. A rep for Stoudemire said his back is "doing great."
Then in the afternoon, Stoudemire works with a conditioning coach focusing a lot on cardio, core development and hip movement in order to ensure that part of his body is quicker and stronger for defensive maneuvering and positioning. That's arguably his biggest deficiency, which is why the defensive-minded Mike Woodson wants him to improve in that area, so he can be more consistent making stops.
After breaking for a week to head to Spain in early July, where he participated in a basketball camp for kids, Stoudemire is now in Las Vegas training and meeting with the Knicks' coaching staff. Iman Shumpert is also there working with the team's athletic trainers to recover from his torn left ACL and lateral meniscus. A source close to Shumpert said "training is all he's focused on right now."
This Saturday, Stoudemire will fly down to IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he'll continue his workouts. After his time there, STAT will be in Houston from August 5 to 19 working with NBA legend and post-up coach to the pros Hakeem Olajuwon. According to a source, it's doubtful that Tyson Chandler will join STAT because the Olympics' medal-round games are on August 12.
In the meantime, Stoudemire now knows who his main pick-and-roll partner is going to be next season: the same one from 2010-11, Raymond Felton. During their time together in New York, not only did Felton play at an All-Star level (17.1 points and 9.0 assists per game), but so did Stoudemire, as he averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
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