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Standing Tall and Talentless: Barkley Rips Into Amar’e For Not Being Good Anymore

Amar’e Stoudemire was once thought to be somewhat of a messiah for the New York Knicks. And while his infamous 5-year, $100 million contract has yielded an obvious upgrade for the historic franchise, his impact cannot be understated. He sucks. He’s sucked for three years now. And he’s being paid handsomely for sucking. It’s a travesty.

Luckily, we have Charles Barkley to say it how it is. Thanks dude, for going on ESPN New York 98.7 and saying what other NBA analysts seem to avoid. Amar’e's done. Here are some stunning numbers we’ve worked out, paired with Barkley’s candid, gloomy analysis [Via ESPN.com].

- Amar’e Stoudemire will make $21,679,893 this season, which is fourth highest in basketball, behind only Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kobe Bryant.

“When he was younger…He played the game 100 percent on talent. And now he has lost his talent and he is in serious trouble.”

- If he manages to stay “healthy” and plays 10 minutes per game — every game this season — he will make $26,438 per minute.

“You all in trouble with Amar’e.”

- Over the last three season, Amar’e has scored 3207 points as a Knick, and made over $38 million during that period. That works out to $17,041 a point.

“I like Amar’e as a person, but I don’t see him doing anything in the NBA, to be honest with you.”

- He currently averages 3.5 points per game through four contests (he’s only played in two). If he stays of this trajectory and somehow manages to average that over the course of 82 games — he’ll score a total of 287 points this season, which means he’ll be paid $75,539 per point.

“I think he has lost his skill. He lost his talent.”

- Amar’e averages .5 more turnovers than points (four per game — which is more than Eli Manning averages). In 22 minutes this season, Amar’e averages .18 turnovers per minute (time in which he’s being paid roughly $26,438 to help the Knicks not lose control of the basketball).

Oh, and he’s owed $23,410,988 next season. Don’t be surprised if he gets traded and amnestied and never plays another NBA game again. Now go back to your job where you make $14 an hour…

  • Mark

    This is horribly misleading. Amare had played 21 minutes total when this article was written. Although those minutes were horrible its still not even a half of a games worth of minutes. And to be fair, the guys barely practiced. To pretend that a guy sucks based on 21 minutes is horribly misleading. If you want to talk about his injuries and his minutes limit, that is fine. The guy produced big per minute offensive numbers last year. Of course he is overpaid but that is largely based on the injuries hes endured, not his “loss of talent”. The guy still dunked more than anyone on a per minute basis last year. Oh, and the Knicks cant amnesty him and I’m pretty sure no one would trade for him.

  • DaTruthTella

    Everyone is starting to piss me of with the Amare bashing, the guy played his first basketball since last season in the one preseason game. He is still getting into game shape and getting the rust off, it is WAY too early to judge him. I swear ppl are dumb, including Barkley who spends MOST of his time bashing anything Knicks related so his opinion means NOTHING if you ask me.

  • James M Prato

    Bittersweet feelings for Amare . On one hand I loved the guy when he was here in Phoenix in his early years . He was a rock star here , and the city loved him . Then he got to big for his britches and spurned the city and it’s fans for the big lights in NY . NY fans flaunted the fact that Amare was signing with them . The Knicks and their fans talked Championships,,,,,,,,,And the city of Phoenix watched it’s superstar leave them for bigger ,better things . I remember the moment quit well . And as a Suns fan it sucked. But it does feel great to see the NY fans that ribbed us , eating their words . It feels great to see Amare fail terribly in NY . Had Amare stayed in Phoenix , he would of retired a fan favorite,,,,,,,,,,,,BUT,,,,,,,,,,,Whats that saying ?? The grass aint always greener on the other side ?? You reap what you sow ?? Enjoy it Amare , and NY fans , You ASKED FOR IT .

  • kingjappyjoe

    I would take Andrew Bynum over him right about now…How can he not even be good defensively anymore?

  • R.

    Should’ve become a Hall of Famer. What a shame.

  • MRF

    Did we?? Pretty sure we wanted Lebron and got stuck with an uninsurable contract on glass knees.. but okay…

  • john

    Amare has no heart and hes completely gutless..not a good thing playing in a tuff city like this..melo can handle it because hes a real new yorker..jus like bernard king..stat is a disgrace to the game

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