According to two sources familiar with the situation New York Knicks star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire would accept a role coming off of the bench if he was asked to do so following his return to the lineup.
Stoudemire has been absent from the Knicks’ lineup all season due to a ruptured cyst behind his already surgically repaired left knee. The injury was originally supposed to keep the six-time all-star sidelined for a couple of weeks however upon further tests it was decided to rest Stoudemire for nearly two months.
One of the two sources who has been with Stoudemire regularly as of late had the following to say on the situation: “All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning. He’d be fine with coming off the bench if that’s what they want. He just wants to win. He sees how well they’re playing and just wants to help. He’ll be fine with whatever they want to do.”
Just last week Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had the following to say regarding the matter: “I’m going to address that when we get to that point. Right now, I’m just taking it a day at a time and work the guys we have in uniform.”
Without Stoudemire this season the Knicks are 10-4 and tied a top of the Atlantic division. The talk of whether Stoudemire will come off of the bench or not stems from the fact that the team is doing so well in his absence and he and fellow All-Star front court mates Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony don’t seem to play well together when all three are in the lineup at once. In fact, the Knicks have a losing record when both Anthony and Stoudemire are in the starting lineup at the same time in the tenure that both of them have been in New York. Having Stoudemire come off the bench could make the Knicks scary good for the rest of the season.