Amar'e Stoudemire-photo credit-Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Amar’e Stoudemire-photo credit-Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Amar’e Stoudemire has been the punching bag of the New York City media for quite some time. He’s been dragged through the sports page of your favorite tabloid for at least two years or so, the subject of trade rumor after trade rumor  — his mammoth contract perhaps being the only reason why he has not been moved. Countless basketball minds have said he is “washed up” in designating him as one of the most expensive bench players in the history of the league. Tales of his ineptitude have been told in bold Times Roman font next to ads for furniture stores and cheap alcohol. But, aside from the amount of time he has spent on injured reserve and the way he and Carmelo Anthony seem to cancel one another out on offense, is it truly his fault? Is it his fault that when he is on the floor alongside NBA sixth man of the year J.R. Smith, that he faces the same dilemma as when he is on the floor with Carmelo? As much as former New York Knicks veteran Jason Kidd and quasi-rookie point guard Pablo Prigioni tried to distribute the ball to the big men while working with the second unit last season, Smith would inevitably resort to his And 1 mixtape antics. J.R.’s one-on-one circus sideshow exhibitions were great for YouTube videos and the fade-away jumpers were fodder for Sportscenter highlights (when they went in), but those exploits are normally bad for team camaraderie and offensive fluidity, especially when the shots don’t go in. Read more at Senior Contributer Ricardo A. Hazell expounds upon some of the hottest topics of the day in sports, film, and current affairs.  His byline appeared in Bleacher Report from December 2012 until June 2013. He now talks NBA, NFL and NCAA football over at Rant Sports, and will continue to give his unique take on the matters of the day while interviewing some of black entertainment’s best and brightest.