By Roger Rubin
Few people know Amar’e Stoudemire like Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. No one is more impressed with the way he has resurrected his career after an assortment of knee injuries.
D’Antoni coached him with the Suns and again with the Knicks. When Stoudemire’s knees forced him to miss most of last season after missing big chunks of the season before, D’Antoni thought maybe his career was over.
But instead of breaking down, Stoudemire has played in 11 of the Knicks’ 12 games this month.
“But he’s become a skill player. He had that 15-footer,” D’Antoni said. “He doesn’t have to dunk every time and run the floor every time. He’s learned how to play with some limits on his physicality. But it’s in his heart. Amar’e keeps pushing forward no matter what the circumstances.”
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