I said at the time Stoudemire would benefit from following the career of Karl Malone, the alpha- power forward who went from delivering vicious dunks as a youth to delivering mid range pick and pop jump shots. That added years (and more production in his 30s) to his career.
Still: The lack of pick-and-roll plays for Stoudemire was jarring. This is one of the league’s most devastating pick-and-roll finishers — so much so that David Thorpe of ESPN.com suggested last week in a must-watch video that Blake Griffin should emulate the way Stoudemire worked with Steve Nash in Phoenix. Stoudemire finished precisely zero plays as the roll man on Sunday (per Synergy Sports), and as mentioned above, he did not work the play as Melo’s direct partner. Stoudemire loves slipping screens — cutting quickly down the lane without really setting a stationary pick. Passing to a guy who slips a screen involves a split-second reaction; it’s a play based on quickness and timing, not one when a ball-handler can take a few dribbles around the screen, survey the defense and find the screener in the lane. Maybe Anthony and Stoudemire just don’t have that kind of timing down yet.Maybe. Or maybe Stat knows the significance of establishing his jump shot. Ironically, Patrick Ewing would become a 15-18 foot jump shooter, and maybe the best at the position ever. Ewing was automatic from range. Amar'e often rushes action towards the basket. Focusing on his jumper allows him to slow down and with that the pace of the offense does as well.
The point is Melo is an isolation player and is as good as anyone in the league at it. Stoudemire must adjust his game offensively in order for the Knicks to have chemistry with them on the floor together. It can work and it can only help the durability of Stoudemire moving forward. One thing is for sure, Stoudemire will do anything to win.