When Amar'e Stoudemire went to the New York Knicks this summer, plenty of people criticized the Knicks for paying him $100 million. Amar'e made the statement at his press conference that he would be a leader and he would do his best to bring the Knicks back. Well, as of right now, he is leading and guiding the Knicks back into relevance.
Amar'e and the Knicks have won 8 games in a row. What has stood out about the Knicks during this stretch is that Amar'e has averaged 34 points and 11 rebounds during this stretch. He has commanded the ball and been the main focal point for their offense.
Another thing Stoudemire has done is led by example on the floor. He has shown his teammates how to finish down the stretch. Stoudamire is leading the NBA in fourth quarter scoring. He is also leading the Knicks on the defensive end. He is also being vocal on the defensive end, helping his team get key stops to win games.
But, by far, the biggest difference in Stoudemire's game has been rebounding. Stoudemire never was a consistent rebounder during his whole career. This year, he is rebounding the best he ever has. He is a regular double-figure rebounder now instead of being the Forrest Gump of rebounding, never knowing what you're going to get.
If Amar'e keeps this up, he can lead the Knicks to the playoffs. But, more importantly, he is being the leader he felt he could be for the Knicks and he is bringing them back into the spotlight.