PHOENIX — If anyone wondered, and plenty did, whether Amare Stoudemire could thrive without those slick passes from Steve Nash, nobody is wondering now.

Stoudemire brought "his" New York Knicks to Phoenix for the first time Friday night and acknowledged that he felt his efforts weren't fully appreciated in his seven-year run with the Suns.

Speaking at the Knicks' shootaround, Stoudemire said his perseverence through injuries, his hard work and what he brought to the franchise, in his words, "may have gotten overlooked."

In New York, Stoudemire said, he feels like "a rock star." Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said that's a fair description, saying Stoudemire "has kind of taken New York by storm."