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Amar'e wants to refresh your memory

Amar'e Stoudemire is feeling strong ahead of the upcoming NBA season. George Bridges/MCT

GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- It’s been easy to overlook Amar'e Stoudemire this preseason.

With all the Knicks buzz surrounding Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher, Carmelo Anthony and the triangle, Stoudemire has been the forgotten man.

“Yeah, I think so,” Stoudemire said. “I think the previous years of battling injuries, people have forgot.

“But it’s my job to remind them.”

There’s no better time for Stoudemire to remind people what he can do than this season. He’s entering his 13th season and the final year of his Knicks contract, which is worth $23.4 million.

The future is uncertain for Stoudemire. In addition to possibly playing his final season for the Knicks, he could be doing so while playing in a new system -- the triangle.

But Stoudemire says he feels stronger and healthier than last season and is ready to return to the old Amar'e.

Last season, Stoudemire started off on a playing time restriction. Former coach Mike Woodson wanted to keep his knees healthy for the long run.

Stoudemire finished strong, scoring in double figures in 20 of his last 21 games and averaging 16 points during that span. He played in a total of 65 games and averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. It was the most he has played in a season since logging 78 games in his first season with the Knicks in 2010-’11.

“Obviously to reach back to my dominant self, I feel like I’m there now,” Stoudemire said. “I feel like my body is feeling so much stronger [than last year at this time] so I feel dominant.”

It's unknown how Fisher will use Stoudemire and what his role will be. He has not tipped his hand yet on any roles or who will start outside of Anthony.

Stoudemire starred in the pick-and-roll offense for most of his career under Mike D’Antoni, and is hoping that he can showcase some of his strengths in the triangle. He can shoot the mid-range jumper and post up -- two areas of Stoudemire's game that should fit the triangle.

“I’m biased obviously but I think it’s [the triangle] a great fit for all of our players,” Fisher said. “But the guys in particular with the type of versatility that Amar’e has, you enjoy being in this system. The ball moves, everyone touches it. If you can pass and shoot and dribble, you get the opportunity to do all of those things.”

Although in the final year of his current contract, Stoudemire has no thoughts of retiring. At 31, he has plenty of motivation left in him to keep playing.

“This is definitely not the last year for myself,” Stoudemire said. “I feel like the work I put in this offseason and the way I feel now is great motivation for me to continuing to play.”

“Well, there have been times where rehabbing and recovering from injuries has been very tough on the mind and the mental,” he added. “But I have been able to persevere. And the life that I get from playing well kind of motivates me to continue striving to continue to get better.”