Amare: I'm 'No Doubt' Better Than Bosh
Despite being limited to 53 games last season because of a detached retina that required surgery, Amar'e Stoudemire is not lacking confidence nor is he limiting his future to Phoenix. The Suns' big man was on ESPN 1050 in New York on Friday and said emphatically that he is a better player than Toronto's Chris Bosh, probably the player he is compared with the most.
"Are you kidding me? Ask Chris Bosh that question," Stoudemire told ESPN 1050's Brandon Tierney. "No doubt about it."
Stoudemire, who is averaging 21.1 points and 8.9 rebounds over his six-plus year career (he missed all but three games of the 2005-06 season after knee surgery), can get out of his contract following the 2010 season. Stoudemire could join perhaps the greatest free-agent class in league history if LeBron James, Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd opt out of their contracts and are on the market.
Stoudemire made it clear he is unhappy with the lack of improvement in Phoenix and would consider the New York Knicks in 2010. The Knicks, as if you didn't know, are led by Stoudemire's former coach, Mike D'Antoni.
"I definitely want to move toward a championship," he said. "The most important thing in my eyes is to win a title. I'm not seeing the improvement but hopefully we can get back in the right track in Phoenix and make it happen."
When asked if he thinks about New York as a possible free-agent destination, he said. "Well I think coach D'Antoni is doing a phenomenal job with the Knicks right now and New York is a great city, so I watch them closely."
Tierney then asked Stoudemire if he would seriously consider the Knicks.
"I would be totally serious about that," the four-time All-Star said. "First of all, I spend a lot of my childhood years living in (upstate) New York so I have a connection with the state. And also coach D'Antoni, I love the coaching staff with coach D'Antoni. I have a great friendship and relationship with them. And also the city itself, New York the city is so cold (nice) you got to name it twice."