Updated: December 17, 2010, 3:45 PM ET

Amare Is Prophetic, Not Preposterous

By Ian O'Connor
ESPN New York

NEW YORK -- His first words -- "The Knicks are back" -- came off like a punch line LeBron James might have delivered at a cocktail party.

Yeah, the New York Knicks are back. Back to throwing bad money after bad.

Inside a suite at the Four Seasons, Amare Stoudemire had just engaged in a $100 million handshake with Madison Square Garden chairman Jim Dolan. If it seemed like a panic move on the Knicks' end, well, they were terrified of coming away empty-handed from the historic summer sale of 2010.

Dolan about fell over when Amare said yes -- "Jim got emotional," said the player's agent, Happy Walters -- and suddenly Stoudemire was standing under a Knicks cap outside the Garden, talking about winning championships and sounding like a damned fool.

"We're going to start a dynasty-approach program here," Stoudemire said, "and today's the first step."

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LeBron James By The Numbers

The Timberwolves And Conventional Wisdom

By Benjamin Polk
TrueHoop
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Benjamin Polk of A Wolf Among Wolves tackles the notion that the Timberwolves have historically bad leadership:

The Minnesota Timberwolves are epically mismanaged. Their roster is an unsolvable puzzle, ridden with curiosities, redundancies and mercurial, underachieving former lottery picks.

And, as absurdly as the team is constructed, the way they're coached may be even more baffling. Do they even realize that Kevin Love -- the guy with the World Championship gold medal, who scored 31 points and grabbed 31 rebounds in one game -- is the best player on this ridiculous team?

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