Amar’e Stoudemire: Knicks may have ‘too much swag’

The New York Knicks have looked like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for much of the season, but they have struggled as of late. New York’s loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night was its fourth straight, which is the team’s longest streak of the season. The All-Star break doesn’t appear to have helped Mike Woodson’s club sort out their issues, but Amar’e Stoudemire believes he knows what the problem may be.

“We got plenty of swagger, we may have too much swag,’’ Stoudemire said after the loss, via the NY Post. “We got to get more greedy, from the standpoint of wanting to defend, wanting to win and having a sense of urgency. We have to want to win. We got to have the mentality to want to win. It don’t matter if it looks good or not. We just got to get it done. It’s not a great feeling right now.’’

The phrase “we need to get our swagger back” is probably one of the most overused in sports. The Knicks have oftentimes looked overconfident during their losing streak, which is likely what Stoudemire is referring to. The team’s shot selection has been poor, with Carmelo Anthony hitting less than 40% of his shots over the last four games. Worse yet, he is 3-for-20 from beyond the arc in the last three games.

All teams go through bad stretches. The best ones are able to respond. Eventually, the shots will start falling again for the Knicks. In the meantime, they need to bear down defensively and continue to show the type of improvement that was on display over the first half of the season.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_735MKBBLQXO3XPZDJ7W4OZ7BF4 Lyrical Gangster

    The one thing i like about Amare is Swag, and it’s an infectious type of swag.  Most swag are synonymous with arrogance as with Charles Barkley but a cool swag as those of MJ type swag is what Amare reminds everyone about.

    Girls n’ groupies keep running at Amare, sorry Alexis Welch.. opps sorry Alexis Stoudamire.. . Lol !!

  • RebelFlag

    Where is LYNSANITY when you need him?

  • edgargn_1218

    Amare is overhyped and so are the knicks. They and nobody out in the least got anything for the heat. That´s the only reason heat may end up champs again. Out west the powerhouses are gonna have to smash each other just to be able to face the heat. Spurs, Thunder and Clippers have it tough, not to mention just overall in the west competition is a lot tougher than the least.