By Vytis Lasaitis
The Dallas Mavericks addressed their desperate need for frontcourt depth by picking up Amar’e Stoudemire, who reached a buyout agreement with the New York Knicks last week. The veteran big man has only played two games with his new team so far, but the Mavs have received a little taste of what he brings to the table.
After sitting out the first two games since signing with Dallas, Stoudemire, 32, made a sparkling debut in the Mavs’ 92-81 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 22. In just 11 minutes of playing time, he scored 14 points and grabbed three rebounds, while connecting on five of his eight shot attempts.
As soon as he entered the court, Stoudemire received a standing ovation from the attending fans. With the adrenaline pumping, Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle clearly looked to get his new player settled in as early as possible. The Mavs seemingly looked for Stoudemire on every possession, whether it was by getting him the ball in the post or simply dumping off a pass under the basket.
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