Amar’e Stoudemire Explains “Slapping” The Glass Fire Extinguisher And Believes Jeremy Lin Wasn’t OverhypedSeptember 6, 2012 – 7:00 am by Steven Cuce
Amar’e Stoudemire helped unveil the New York Knicks new uniforms this week. The Knicks power forward has been working with Hakeem Olajuwon this offseason in the hopes of becoming the low-post player he would like to become.
Stoudemire spent some time reflecting on the past year for the Knicks and also explaining the self-inflicted wound he gave himself in the NBA playoffs.
Amar’e Stoudemire joined FOX Sports Radio Daybreak to discuss Mike D’Antoni’s coaching career with the New York Knicks, punching his hand into a fire extinguisher after a playoff game last year, Jeremy Lin not being over-hyped by the media, the Brooklyn Nets not stealing the New York Knicks thunder in the Big Apple, and competing with the Miami Heat in order to win an NBA title.
What was Mike D’Antoni’s problem in New York with the Knicks?
“I don’t think he had a problem I just think when he took the job it wasn’t really a sound playoff team and it was a tough process for him, but all in all he did a pretty solid job the last year he was here and I’m pretty sure he is on to bigger and better things.”
I have to ask you about the punch heard around the world. Take us through what you were thinking after Game 2 against Miami?
“It wasn’t a punch at all actually. It was more like a slap against the wall, but I caught the edge of the fire extinguisher. Some people think I balled my fist up and punched through a glass fire extinguisher, which is totally opposite of the truth. It was more like a smack against the wall, kind of a backhand or a reach back slap across the wall and caught the edge of the fire extinguisher. I think a lot of people confused my passion with frustration. I’m such a passionate player. I want to win so bad to where sometimes I want to win, so I bring my passion and it gets confused with frustration.”
The Jeremy Lin story. Was he overhyped by the media or was he really that good?
“Jeremy had a great 15 or 20 games when he played. Those were some pretty phenomenal games and what he did out there was…you can’t take nothing from him, so the hype was well deserved. I mean he really played well for us and he put us back in the playoff mind frame. It was great to watch.”
The Brooklyn Nets enter the picture this year. Can they steal the thunder from the New York Knicks?
“There’s no thunder without a storm. I think right now we are still making headway. We got a phenomenal team. We feel like we have a chance at something special. That’s our focus. Other teams are trying to improve. Best of luck to them with that. We are onto big things. We are trying to do something special here in New York.”
What are you guys going to have to do in order to compete with the Miami Heat and have a chance at winning a title?
“Well I think we are on the right track now. We are all committed to having a full training camp together. We have our coach for the full season. We have our players for the full season. Everybody is securely sound and then we have a chance to do something special. With Mike Woodson’s defensive methods we are going to be a much better defensive team and offensively we got guys with Carmelo [Anthony] and myself, two of the top scorers in the league, will definitely shine this year, so it’s going to be a big year for us.”