STAT Goes to “Dream” School


Coming off of a sub-par season, Amar’e needs to figure out a way to shut the critics up. The critics say that STAT has lost his explosiveness, his quickness, and his overall game. Going into the off-season, Amar’e decided to add to his versatile arsenal and start training early. Mike Woodson suggested developing a post-game. Amar’e, a student of the game, agreed to develop some post-moves to catch other PF’s off guard. Woodson hooked STAT up with a referral to Post-University in Houston where he will be learning from Professor Olajuwon.

Summer Course: Post Moves 101

With Stoudemire needing to develop a post game, who is better to teach him than the master of the post? Hakeem Olajuwon is the best post-center of all time. His footwork and agility propelled him to be one of the best centers in NBA history. Hakeem’s post moves are so good, that even other players of different positions want to learn them from him (Kobe and LeBron). Hakeem, for his day, was considered an undersized center, so he used his quickness to get around defenders. Amar’e can compare to this in today’s game because STAT is faster than most power-forwards. Going against PFs such as Dirk Nowitzky, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Pau Gasol, Stoudemire has the advantages of quickness and strength: two keys to learn Olajuwon’s post-moves. The main key to learning “the Dream’s” post-moves is footwork. To become a good post-player, footwork is the focal point. With STAT having a post-game, a mid-range jump shot and explosive quickness, he can become a dominant force again this season. Along with these post-moves, Olajuwon used his basketball I.Q. to develop counter-moves. With STAT learning from Olajuwon, STAT can become a smarter player on and off the court. Every post-move comes with a counter, when the defense adjusts to the move. With these counter-moves, STAT can read the defense better and catch defenders off guard. From the videos put on YouTube, STAT looked very quick on spin moves and his jump shot looks consistent. He looks ready to get back on the court and prove the critics wrong.

Next Lesson: Defense

Along with learning post moves and developing a complete game, Amar’e went to Hakeem to get better defensively.  Hakeem is sometimes underrated when it comes to defense. However, “the Dream” is the all time leader in blocked shots in NBA history. Hakeem’s footwork came in handy on the defensive end, which allowed him to guard all five positions, easily. For example, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, on a pick & roll play, Olajuwon easily switched onto John Starks and came up with the game-winning block. Hakeem can teach Amar’e footwork and the art of playing good defense as a big-man. Hakeem also used his quickness to get into passing lanes and create some steals. STAT knows that defense wins championships and Hakeem earned two rings because of his defense. If Hakeem teaches STAT his keys to playing championship defense, STAT can definitely lock up any PF in the game. In order for the Knicks to become better defensively, their first star (STAT) needs to step up defensively. If anyone can teach Stoudemire defense, it should be the best defensive center of all time.

Class Dismissed, Time to be Tested

With Amar’e leaving Houston, it’s time to see if Olajuwon’s teaching helped STAT. With STAT going to “Dream School,” the Knicks can play an inside-outside game.  The Knicks can switch up plays for STAT now: go to him in the post or run a pick & roll play for him. The Knicks can give Melo and STAT their separate blocks since both can post up now, and they can have Chandler at the free throw line or in the post sometimes. The Knicks, since STAT went to train with “the Dream,” have a number of options on the offensive end. Also, STAT and the Knicks coaching staff should recognize and read the scouting reports of the PFs’ for every game. Based on the scouting report, STAT should have a game plan such as, post-play or facing-up. This has been the best thing that STAT has done for the team since his arrival to Broadway in 2010. By doing this, STAT has revealed to his fans that he wants to improve his overall game and wants to have an explosive NBA season. Also, not only has STAT learned footwork and some basic, but effective, post moves, but Amar’e has learned discipline and defense from Professor Olajuwon. Amar’e, from the videos on YouTube, looks like he did in 2010 and based on what I have seen, I can say, “Knicks fans, STAT is finally back.”

Written by Michael Johnson (@DaBXBalla)

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5 responses to “STAT Goes to “Dream” School

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  2. Great article !! it’s about time for an unbias article about STAT ! people tend to forget that, 1- A lockout season without contact or being able to have contact w/ team trainers can have on a player such as stat who trains as hard as anyone in the NBA. with a nagging back injury little to no practice time. 2- comming in @ 260 LBS. from lifting weights. the jumper was a little off and the explosiveness not there @ that weight 2- losing his brother and which was his best friend, still thru it all played did not complain and, actually played well the last 16 to 20 games w/ limited touches. He will have a breakout season in 2012-2013. So all you that talk about him on the being on the decline watch out!!!! short memory knicks fans, he was the first star to take on N. Y when everyone else could not take the pressure of N.Y and played like an MVP maybe that’s why he had that back injury he was carrying that team. The guy is an class ACT !!! Be lucky we have him he is willing to learn the post game for his team add something new and we hear talk from so call experts that, he should come off the bench LMAO come on man. One fans take.

    • thanks for the compliment but man i totally agree. I’ve been an Amare fan since his days with the Suns. The “experts” do say maybe he should come off the bench but STAT i think in his entire career has never came off the bench except the All-Star games lol. Anyway you’re right every NY fan is giving STAT a lot of heat but this isn’t surprising bc NY fans used to do the same to Ewing. But STAT has had minor setbacks and people only see those when they do forget STAT is the one who took the risk on the Knicks by agreeing to come here when they had NO ONE. every player loves playing here but scared of the NY media and STAT accepted both. No one remembers when he carried the team on his back to becoming relevant. Its sad to see how some “Knick fans” treat my boy.

    • Boy do I miss the 90 s NBA. The 90 s NBA was one of the best era. I remember whinatcg this in my living room growing up. Because of Jordan is what made me get into basketball. You can’t compare today’s NBA to the 90 s NBA at all. Jordan was the king of NBA. Jordan never missed any shots in his career. We will never find another Miichael Jordan today the way the NBA looks today. Today the NBA SUCKS. Kobe Bryant and LeBron suck ASS. They ain’t nuttin compare to Jordan was. 90 s was best generation

  3. The main point that I should have made is that I don’t think it is Stockton’s fault that the Jazz didn’t win any chimpionshaps during his time. He was productive in the regular season and productive in the playoffs. If this was tennis I would agree with the No chimpionshaps. End of story. comment, but basketball is a team game. Since it is a team game it hurts Stockton that he didn’t have as many productive players around him as Jordan.Still the comments have got me thinking about how to incorporate the playoffs into the Cost of Win statistic. I can agree that a playoff win is more important and there should be some way of weighting that more heavily.Other than that I was looking at more of a 1-1 microeconomics view of the value of a player. If we considered total economic impact then Jordan probably would be worth 5X what he was paid. I can’t take into account everything (like impact on the game, which would be great but tough to quantify), so I tried to just look at the what was easily judged.

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