New York Knicks Face a Tough Decision With Amar'e Stoudemire

By A.J. Speier
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

While the New York Knicks have put Amar’e Stoudemire on the trade block, they will soon be faced with the decision of giving him a role on this team.

Stoudemire is currently rehabbing from the knee surgery he underwent back in late October, but it is still unknown when he’ll be ready to play.

“We did talk this morning in great detail, but nothing has been defined yet in terms of when he’s going to return,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “It’s still kind of like day to day until he’s comfortable and ready to go, and he’s not there yet.”

Following Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Knicks will go on a three-game road trip. It starts on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Lakers and also includes traveling to play the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings.

When the Knicks return home, there’s a strong possibility Stoudemire will make his season-debut, even though he will be accompanying the team throughout the holidays.

“At this point, right now, we’re still trying to hash out when he’s ready to play and he’s not ready yet,” Woodson said. “We’ve got some practice time coming our way. January should be a little bit better for us, in terms of being able to getting back to practice because we desperately need it.”

As of right now, the Knicks have the Eastern Conference’s 2nd-best record at 19-7, so they don’t exactly need to rush Stoudemire in and potentially disrupt the chemistry.

Since moving Carmelo Anthony to power forward, the Knicks have adopted a philosophy to shoot more 3-pointers. They currently lead the league in 3-pointers made and attempter, making 305 of 762 shots beyond the arc, good for a NBA third-best 40-percent accuracy from 3-point range.

Finding a role for Stoudemire will be tough because with the current starting lineup, Anthony ranks second in scoring, averaging 28 points and Tyson Chandler is leading the league in field goal shooting at 70.5-percent.

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