Knicks’ Stoudemire: Lakers’ Gasol Is ‘Still Soft’; Bynum Tweets Back

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Amar’e Stoudemire, don’t hold anything back. Tell us how you really feel.

During an appearance this weekend, Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg asked Stoudemire: “People used to love to throw it out there that Pau Gasol was soft … what’s it like actually having to go up against Pau Gasol?”

“He’s still soft, you know what I mean,” Stoudemire replied to laughter. “He’s a good player, but he has also help down there with Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum. Those 7-footers down there. So he has a supporting cast.”

Rosenberg then posted the clip to YouTube, where it’s now drawing the ire of Lakers fans — and at least one player.

Bynum, Gasol’s teammate in Los Angeles, tweeted in response: “The NBA is a weird place! How can a man that plays 0 defense call a 2 time champion soft?”

“You think scoring the ball in a D’Antoni offense makes you a great player?” one commenter asked. “You put me in that D’Antoni offense I could average 10 points a game.”

Amar’e may have a chance to test Gasol’s strength on the court. That is, if the Knicks can manage a run to the NBA Finals.

Do you think Amar’e was out of line? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Roman Cerant

    The wind blows and Bynum is out for two weeks. He is softer than Gasol. Without Kobe he has zero rings.

  • Knez Martin

    I almost don’t want to comment on this, as this is an obviously attempt to deflect attention away from his own team’s issues. But if I must I must…someone needs to tell Amare dunking in a free-flowing transition offense doesn’t make you tough. I can’t remember him making anyone look soft in his matchups around the league. He should be mad at his coach, for playing him at center every night. But if he played the 4 he wouldn’t nearly get as many jumpers, which is what he lives off of lately. Oh yeah…Amare fades in games like a sunset in central park. rips him in their latest article….check it out!

  • Mos High

    Im neither of these teams fan, however Amare should focus on his team. Knicks have terrible defense and Im not sure when the knicks have turned tough all of a sudden. Live in the now not the past. I dont see Oakley or Mason on the court

  • kurt

    Amare can’t win one on one againsta gasol, F U Amare…

    • Roman Cerant

      Kurt can’t beat Amare one on one so STFU

  • barent

    what an inane and stupid question. amare,it would have been so refreshing,if you would have called out the idiocy of such a question,and requested a question for adults, not junior high school kids. instead you make yourself look like a petty juevenile fool.

  • JOsePH

    It’s all about winning. Gasol won titles before coming to the states when he was 20, 2 golden medals with the spanish international team ( European and World Championship) being named MVP, and several silver and bronze medals. In the NBA, he turned the Grizzlies into a 50-win team with a less talented roster than the 2010-2011 Memphis Grizzlies. In the Lakers; 2 time NBA Champion and 3 appearances in the finals (before the deal LA was a second round PO team at the most) .

    If I was Pau I’d love to be soft. Who is Amare? He plays 0 defense. Is not all about the scoring; the passing, court vision, making teamates better. I’d take Gasol over Amar’e.

  • bill

    Lol, “two championships to Amare’s none”…let’s take Kobe Bryant out of the equation, okay?

    • Richie

      Bill Mare had steve nash & now carmelo, still no championships. so mare had his fair share of superstars. and lets not forget last year in the 4th qtr. it was gasol taking the shots not Kobe.

  • Professor Hog

    Gasol plays harder for Spain than the Lakers; he’s tough in Europe but looks weak in the NBA. I’ll take stat any day over Gasol. As for Bynum give me a call when he manages to play more than 40 games in a row without getting injured….

  • jeremy warren

    Stat can’t even rebound for him to be callin anyone soft n yall say bynum is soft cause he gets hurt he is 7’1 his legs r vulnerable to dat wen he is completely healthy he is unstoppable n makes the lakers dat much monsterish!!! Gasol is a lil soft but I’m takin him on my team over stat cause I wanna win!!!

  • Richie

    Soft. i dont think so he has 2 championships to mares none. so when mare gets a championship or even get out of the first round. then come tallk to me. while i agree bynum has injury problems. he is a force to reckoned with when healthy.

  • Lakersrule

    The Knicks needed something (two superstars + playoffs) to justify their sizeable increase (49% avg.) in next season’s ticket prices. Stoudemire’s talking trash adds value to your ticket—believe it or not. The next time you take a bit of a Garden Hot Dog, it may contain a gold nugget or two—or (at those prices) at least it should. On, there is still some $1,550 tickets left for the Bulls game on April 12th. Remember, next year they go even higher. But it’s worth it. Am I right?

  • Mike C

    Soft or not – who’s more likely to be in the NBA finals this year?

  • Efrain Gonzalez III

    Amare is right, but it is Bynum who is soft, he can never stop getting hurt, and Odom is the next best big man after Kobe.

  • Chris Kakos

    I’m a knicks fan, so I might be bias but hell no ‘Mare wasn’t wrong for what he said! There’s too many “friends” in the NBA. Stop going to eachother weddings!! We need rivalry again in order to preserve the league. Bynum wasn’t wrong for his retaliation either. That’s what a good teammate does…Let their be BLOOD!! Lol j/k.

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