Showdown in the Big Apple

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
By Jon Newberry

It has been less than three weeks since Marvin and Shawne Williams exchanged blows in the final minute of the Hawks 111-102 win over the Knicks, and from the sound of it there are still some lingering emotions from that intense game. Marvin and Shawne are staying quiet, but Knicks’ forward, Amar’e Stoudemire, is sounding off about his teammate for this weekend’s All-Star game.

“Horford….I watched him play at Florida and seen him play a few years in Atlanta,” Stoudemire was quoted as saying by multiple New York media outlets. “I told you before, he don’t want to see me man.”

The source of Stoudemire’s beef was the fourth quarter of the game on January 28.  Horford was offended by the vocal Knick fans at the Highlight Factory as New York tried to mount a rally, so he waved his arms in the air to get the Atlanta faithful to make some noise.

“He hit a couple of jump shots and felt good,” Stoudemire continued. “(He) felt like he was doing something. But welcome to New York. He needs to calm down. He’s not that type of player. He don’t want to see me any night, so he might as well relax and calm down.”

Strong words from Amar’e.

In case you are interested, Stoudemire finished with 27 points and just 3 rebounds while Horford had 19 points and 14 boards.


Interesting Trivia from Elias Sports Bureau:
Josh Smith scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Hawks’ win over the Pistons. It was the second time this month that Smith had that many points and rebounds in a game, he had 29 and 16 at Washington on February 5. The last Hawks player with two such games in a calendar month was Kevin Willis in March 1994 (three).