The Amar’e Stoudemire Era is about to begin as the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks is set to play in his first game with his new team.
Dallas (37-20) will entertain the Charlotte Hornets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs had Stoudemire take off two games to get himself in proper shape and acclimated with their system after he signed a free agent contract Wednesday. The boot camp-like workouts were designed to help Stoudemire adjust to life with the Mavericks, where the action is often fast and furious.
Since the Mavs sent Brandan Wright to Boston in the Dec. 18 trade that brought Rajon Rondo, they’ve been searching for a capable backup to starting center Tyson Chandler. Stoudemire, the Mavs strongly believe, is the player who can solidify that spot.
“He’s a great addition for us, he’s a veteran, he’s a guy that at this point in time in his career just wants to win,” forward Richard Jefferson said. “It gives us added presence down there in the post — someone we can throw the ball to.
“I think he fits well in this offense because he rolls like Tyson and he can pop like Dirk [Nowitzki]. And he can help us out on the glass, something that we obviously need help on.”
Stoudemire, however, doesn’t want anyone thinking he can only be effective in pick-and-roll plays.
“I mean, pick-and-roll offense has always been there for me,” Stoudemire said. “I’m a major threat also in the low post, so either way will be beneficial.
“I’ve been able to adjust in any offense. I think coach [Rick] Carlisle is a great offensive-minded coach and also a great defensive coach, as well. And I think the overall opportunity is great here.”
Stoudemire averaged 12 points, 6.8 rebounds and 24 minutes in 36 games this season for the New York Knicks.
The Mavs aren’t concerned about the 12 known injuries the 6-foot-10 Stoudemire has experienced since he joined the NBA in 2002. They already know they don’t plan on running up his minutes.
“We’re not asking him to play 40 minutes,” owner Mark Cuban said. “If we have to give him a night off, we’ll give him a night off.”
Because Stoudemire is with a better team than the one he left behind, Cuban thinks that will work to his advantage.
“Guys want to prove that they can contribute to a playoff team and help take a team to the next level,” Cuban said. “I think Amar’e is the same way.”
Forward Chandler Parsons is doubtful for Sunday’s game after an MRI conducted Saturday revealed he has a sprained left ankle and bone bruise.
Parsons injured his ankle early in the fourth quarter Friday against the Houston Rockets and left with 8:15 remaining in the game.
If Parsons can’t play, it appears the Mavs are in good hands with Al-Farouq Aminu. In the 111-100 win over the Rockets, Aminu enjoyed his best game of the season, finishing with season highs in points (17) and rebounds (12).
Another 10 for James
The Mavs signed center Bernard James to a second 10-day contract after his first 10-day deal expired Friday night.
Cuban has already said that the Mavs will ink James to a contract for the remainder of the season when his second 10-day deal expires.
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