Amar'e Stoudemire's Pending Redemption

By Rosalyn Ross / @R_Trinity

We should all be so lucky.

Most of us will never know the comfort of losing a job one day and having our services courted by three different companies the next. Since 2009, the discouraging state of the economy has relegated anyone forced to wade through the waters of unemployment to a year or more of uncertainty.

Not so much in the case of Amar’e Stoudemire.

Even by NBA standards, the recent ex-New York Knick and newly confirmed Dallas Maverick has enjoyed a particularly fast reimagining of his value and potential.

Two weeks ago, he was an overpriced lemon. In free agency, he’s been held up as a steal at the veteran minimum and a promising championship component.

And price is exactly the point — well, price and great expectations.

Anyone who intends to play basketball for a living better not end up on the wrong side of his team’s financial obligations or come up short statistically. In fact, that’s true of the NBA and true of corporate America. Here, Stoudemire committed the double fault.

Back in 2010 in New York, before the injuries and before Carmelo Anthony arrived, Stoudemire was the man. Fortunately in Dallas he won’t have to be, and as such, he’ll be in the perfect position for a comeback — not a career comeback but a favorable rewriting of his narrative.

What might have been defined as a career marred by an albatross of a contract and a chasm of what-ifs will now likely be remembered as one in which a player with tremendous talent was able to accept his deficiencies and move on, offering all that he had left in the tank in a backup role far from the spotlight.

In a league of restructured salaries and repurposed responsibilities, a lot of guys find themselves in this position. And though it stings the ego, the greater shame is in being regarded as an overpaid liability. For Stoudemire’s part, he might even get a championship out of it.

He’ll be comfortable in the Mavericks' pick and roll. He’ll be a serviceable defensive player that can earn double-digit rebounds on a good night. He’ll play well with Tyson Chandler and well enough when asked to fill in for him. Even without a championship, this move wins.

He saw the handwriting on the wall and took the amiable high road to buyout negotiation. He made the smart play.

Or maybe he glanced over at his former teammate.

It seems cruel to say that Carmelo Anthony could be a cautionary tale of financial burden and unmet potential, but in this instance, it would be accurate.

The Knicks have cleaned house, leaving Anthony and his behemoth contract to accommodate. He’s been shut down with season-ending knee surgery, and he is the center of a longstanding debate about his value as a leader and as a championship centerpiece.

Given the size and length of his contract, it’s hard to imagine a day in the future when we might be talking a buyout for Melo, but this is the NBA and it’s certainly within the realm of possibility. If that time does indeed come, Anthony would be wise to refer back to these last few days and act accordingly.

For now though, let’s take this moment to wish Amar’e Stoudemire well on his road to redemption.

3 Replies to “Amar'e Stoudemire's Pending Redemption”

  1. I was a huge fan of Stoudemire's when he was show cased with Nash living on the highlight reel and aiding Steve's debatable MVP's. Depending heavily on his athleticism his career mirrored high flying monster jamming Shawn Kemp with a respectable range beyond the paint. Dare I say comparable to current day Blake Griffin. Having said that Amar'e was worth a max contract when he arrived to the Knicks. He was killing setting the record for most consecutive 30 point games in franchise history (which is huge considering Bernard King, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed and a host of other Knick greats)

    A combination of serious injuries, revolving door of team mates, horrible front office and immature decisions destroyed what could have been a hall of fame career. I don't blame athletes for chasing the big check but teams are built on chemistry and your team choice can make or break your career. Imagine Odell Beckham Jr with Gino Smith, his stature and stats will die along with his worth. Amar'e's best days are long gone but Rondo and cast can give his game the defibrillator shock it needs to bring him back to life and be a key piece to challenge the OKC's and Golden States (my front runners in the west) with a real shot at the ultimate prize. If he can stay healthy Stoudemire is a steal the only question is if there's time to gel with a new Rondo finding their place in a star studded line up. Great move jumping off the Titanic and on to a life raft of people going places.

    1. My bad Can't forget the hardest working team on both ends with the best nucleus and the best arena name (THE GRIND HOUSE)lol. The Grizz are legit and can ball with the best of them in the wild west. My bulls are doomed!

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