"It was a little difficult for me to grasp because of all the hard work I put in to stay healthy on the basketball court, and the effort I gave,” Stoudemire said. “I felt I should have had a little bit more leniency towards my contract. As I told Phoenix before and I told the fans, my first option was to return to Phoenix. But obviously they didn’t look at it that way.
“Let’s say I would have twisted an ankle or something, it has nothing to do with a knee or any other structural problems, my contract would have been voided. Security-wise, that wouldn’t be a great situation for me and my family, so I didn’t feel comfortable signing it.”Stoudemire's desire for maximum financial security is completely understandable, but his reasoning only reinforces his own decisive role in his current predicament. Dealing with the Knicks struggles is on his broad shoulders alone. Any further comments regarding frustration with his teammates should be directed, first and foremost, to himself.