Charles Barkley on Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘He lost his talent’
Basketball Hall of Famer and television analyst Charles Barkley gave a bleak outlook for Amar’e Stoudemire, saying the New York Knicks forward “has lost his talent, and he is in serious trouble.”
The comments were made this week during an ESPN New York radio interview, a day after the Knicks lost at home to the Charlotte Bobcats. Barkley’s interview came on the same day that New York — now 1-3 — learned that All-Star center Tyson Chandler would miss four to six weeks with a small, nondisplaced fracture of his right fibula suffered in the loss to Charlotte.
Barkley echoed the widely held belief that it may be the end of the road in the NBA for the former All-Star forward:
“You all in trouble with Amar’e. I like Amar’e as a person, but I don’t see him doing anything in the NBA, to be honest with you. I think he has lost his skill. He lost his talent…He played the game on talent 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.”
Stoudemire finished with just two points, three rebounds and five turnovers in 11 minutes of play on Tuesday against the Bobcats. In his season debut on Halloween, a one-point road loss to the Bulls, Stoudemire had five points, one rebound, three turnovers and four fouls in 10 minutes.
Head coach Mike Woodson had said throughout the summer – when Stoudemire underwent another knee surgery – that the forward would be kept on a strict limit of 15 minutes per game and would likely share back-to-back games with fellow veteran forward Kenyon Martin.
The 2003 Rookie of the Year, Stoudemire, who will turn 31 next week, signed a five-year, $99.7 million deal with the Knicks in 2010 as a free agent. The six-time All-Star has been a shell of his former self, beginning with his return from microfracture knee surgery in October 2005 that caused him to miss all but three games that season. More recently, he has played just 76 games over the past two seasons.