Dallas Mavericks

Stoudemire comfortable in his own skin

DALLAS – Amar’e Stoudemire must be very comfortable in his own skin.

How else would he publicly – and privately -- criticize his Dallas Mavericks teammates after playing just eight games with them?

"It’s always about speaking the truth,’’ said Stoudemire, who signed a free agent contract with the Mavs on Feb.18. "Once you really speak the truth, then you can’t help but get positive results from that.

"It may start off a little rough, but the moral of the story is you get positive results and I think that’s what we’ve got to continue to do is always speak the truth about what we’re doing, look ourselves in the mirror and see if we’re putting forth the effort individually, and as a team it’ll benefit us in the game.’’

The frank criticism from Stoudemire came after the Mavs were obliterated at home by the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Tuesday, 127-94. The 13-year veteran center/forward said, in a nutshell, that the Mavs were lacking professional and joked around too much in practice and during shootarounds.

Those issues were promptly addressed in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and then the Mavs came out Friday and blew out the Los Angles Clippers, 129-99.

"It was definitely helpful and very therapeutic,’’ Stoudemire said. "I’m sure we all sat down and thought about what we’re doing and why we’re here and what the goals are.

"We know we’ve got a special situation here with this team. We’ve got players that can play from any position with the best in the league, so we just got to put it together and get out there and get these wins.’’