Maybe for the first time in his Knicks career, Amar'e Stoudemire heard pockets of boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
He turned the ball over five times and went 1-for-3 from the floor in 11 minutes in a loss to the Bobcats, looking nothing like the player who averaged 26 points and nine rebounds in his first two months as a Knick.
"It's going to get better," Stoudemire said late Tuesday night. "I'm just so anxious. I'm my hardest critic. I want to perform at a high level as soon as I can."
With Tyson Chandler out approximately 4-6 weeks with a small fracture in his fibula, the Knicks will need other bigs to step in and fill the void.
Stoudemire, however, doesn't look like a candidate to do so.
The Knicks medical staff has recommended that he play just 10 minutes per game and sit out back-to-backs due to his oft-injured knees. Stoudemire said Tuesday that the plan isn't likely to change in the foreseeable future.
"I think it's pretty much set in stone for quite some time, at least a month or so, to gradually improve and make sure everything is healthy and strong," he said.
Mike Woodson said he could sense Stoudemire was frustrated against Charlotte.
"It’s tough because he doesn’t get a chance to practice a lot, get his rhythm where it should be," Woodson said. "I’m just going to have to live with some of his mistakes, and hopefully some of the good things he does on the floor outweighs the mistakes to help us."
Stoudemire remains optimistic that he can turn things around. For what it's worth, the six-time All-Star struggled in his first five games last year and ended up being very effective in the post, shooting 58 percent from the floor.
"You're [only] playing 10 minutes a night," Stoudemire said, "so it's a bit of an adjustment, but I have to be patient with the process."
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