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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Amare: I'll be back 'stronger than ever'

By ESPNNewYork.com



Stephen A. Smith chatted with Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire on Tuesday about several topics, including Stoudemire's difficult offseason, the Knicks addition of Raymond Felton and subtraction of Jeremy Lin and the Dwight Howard trade.

Speaking on ESPN NY 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show", Stoudemire told Stephen A. Smith that he's going to return to the court "stronger than ever" this season.

Stoudemire suffered through what he called one of the hardest seasons of his career last year.

He came to camp out of shape and put up some of the lowest scoring numbers since his rookie year (17.5 points per game on 48 percent shooting). He suffered through tragedy when he lost his brother, Hazell, who was killed in a car accident in February. He also suffered a back injury which caused him to miss nearly six weeks toward the end of the season.

Stoudemire returned for the playoffs but missed Game 3 of the Knicks-Heat series after cutting his hand open on a fire extinguisher following the Knicks' Game 2 loss against the Heat.

Stoudemire told Smith he's ready to bounce back this season.

"Sometimes when you're thrown in the fire, it refines you," he said.