Last week’s “news” that the Knicks were “willing” to trade Amar’e for Dwight Howard was preposterous when it broke. A useless news item for a slow news day. After last night, there cannot be a scintilla of truth to the rumor. It’s deader than dead. Consider it “Mike Bibby dead” before Mike Bibby rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures.
As the BakeShow stated earlier, last night was an epic Amar’e fail. 1-7 from the floor. 6 points. 3 rebounds. 2 Turnovers. 4 fouls. Compare that with Howard’s performance which was historically great. Maybe Amar’e has taken the rumors to heart and is sabotaging any potential for a trade. Or maybe Amar’e spent too much time reading about the Myths of Greece and Rome at Bridge Street Books during the lock-out and not enough time shooting jumpshots.
Whatever it is, Amar’e hasn’t looked like himself lately. And Dwight Howard continues to be Dwight Howard. An absolute beast.
As far as I’m concerned, Amar’e has bought himself some time. Where would the Knicks be if Amar’e doesn’t sign in the summer of 2010? But Knicks fans are not known for being very patient. And Knicks fans know the team took a risk in signing Amar’e. His contract is uninsured. He has had microfracture surgery on his knee. And let’s not forget about the eye issues that require him to wear hipster-goggles. But what was NOT expected is utter futility on the offensive end from a guy that takes up one quarter of the team’s payroll. At some point, Knicks fans are going to turn on Amar’e unless he turns up his production.
And when that happens, maybe the Amare-Howard trade rumor can go back to being just a preposterous story.