Sunday, December 11, 2011
D'Antoni hopes Shawne Williams re-signs
By Ian Begley
Mike D'Antoni knows free agent Shawne Williams is weighing other offers.
But he hopes Williams decides to return to the Knicks.
"I know that he’s got some interest elsewhere and he’s looking, which he should," D'Antoni said on Saturday. "Right now, he's taking care of the business end and hopefully it works out and come back to us. But we’ll just see how it shakes out."
After a season in which he made a career-high 40% of his 3-point attempts and showed value as a defender, Williams will likely command strong offers from other suitors.
In an interview with HOOPSWORLD.com posted last Friday, Williams hinted that his first choice would be to return to New York.
"I’m not going to lie, that’s where I want to be," said Williams, who averaged seven points and nearly four rebounds off the bench last season. "I’ve never been with a team [for] two years."
"I feel like I’m acquainted with coach D'Antoni and the staff ... and we’ve got great fans, so that’s a place I want to play," he added.
He said in the interview that he'll listen to "all comers."
"'I'm not going to say I'm one of the Paul Pierces or the Chris Pauls of the league and I can pick where I want to go," said Williams, who has clearly been paying attention to rumors surrounding the Knicks. "As a free agent, I’m going to entertain who ever offers. But hopefully I'll be with the Knicks. If it don’t work, out I had fun with the Knicks and it was a great season with them last year."
AMARE GROWS AN INCH: Yes, Amare Stoudemire has grown an inch. At least, according to the man himself. Stoudemire on Friday confirmed that he'd grown an inch over the summer thanks to improved posture.
He worked on his posture and on strengthening his back in the off season. Stoudemire suffered a back injury in the first round of the playoffs.
"It’s not a joke," Stoudemire said of his recent growth. "It is my posture because I did a lot of back work this summer so I think my posture might have actually stretched me out an inch."
STOUDEMIRE WANTS TO CHANGE BLOOMY'S MIND: According to the New York Daily News, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is a Celtics fan. The Mayor, a New England native, says he roots for the Knicks. But not when Boston is in town. So he probably won't be cheering for the Knicks when they open the season against the Celtics at home on Christmas Day.
"That’s fine," Stoudemire said. "He has his own teams to cheer for and we’re going to slowly convert him into a Knicks fan."