A'mare Stoudemire Needs to Come Off the Bench

By Thomas Duffy
Geoff Burke – US PRESSWIRE

The New York Knicks are off to a 3-0 start going into a Friday night game against the Dallas Mavericks. New York is 3-0 for the first time since 1999, and for the first time in the team’s history, their three opening victories were all by 15+ points.

The defense has been stellar, which is something that is usually not associated with Knicks basketball. Coach Mike Woodson is proving himself to be the right man for the job, as he even has Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith giving 100% effort on both ends of the floor.

A’mare Stoudemire is set to return from a knee injury in 6-8 weeks. It has been a great topic of discussion as to whether Stoudemire and Anthony can produce on the floor together, which they have not been able to in the season and half that they have been teammates. My take on it? I don’t think they can coexist on the court.

That is why Stoudemire must be willing to come off the bench for the Knicks upon his return to full health.

Anthony has produced at the PF spot, which allows the Knicks to essentially start three Guards in Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Ronnie Brewer, with Tyson Chandler at Center. Imagine this second unit: Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, A’mare Stoudemire, and Marcus Camby (set to return this week from a calf injury). That would easily be the best, most well-rounded group of reserves in the NBA.

“The Knicks are back.” That was Stoudemire’s famous line after signing with the Knicks in 2010-11. Well now, the Knicks are really back; back to playing defense, hustling, and getting everyone open looks. For this team to continue thriving, their PF, owed $19 million this season, will have to do what’s best for the team: come off the bench.

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