Amar’e Stoudemire is back in the New York Knicks‘ rotation after missing time with an ankle injury which allows coach Mike Woodson to decrease Jeremy Tyler‘s role in the lineup. The Knicks have reached a level of desperation that is seldom seen with so-called contending teams, and the team couldn’t have gotten Stoudemire back in the lineup soon enough.
Obviously, as New York’s highest paid player, Stoudemire makes fans everywhere cringe anytime he experiences contact underneath the basket. Even though Stoudemire has given everyone a vote of confidence regarding his health, he always seems to be teetering on the brink of another devastating knee injury.
New York would find themselves in a world of hurt if they would be forced to revert back to giving Tyler increased minutes again. This season has been arduous enough without having to try to compete with an unpolished forward who always appears to be absolutely incapable of giving anything to the team that positively impacts the box score.
Aside from one 17-point outburst against the Boston Celtics, Tyler has not reached double figures in scoring in any other game since he joined the team. Hopefully Stoudemire can remain healthy so the Knicks can do Tyler and Knicks fans everywhere a huge favor by sending him back to the D-League.
The Knicks dropped a close game to the hopeless Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, and they have a huge game against the LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Stoudemire is an obvious upgrade over Tyler, and the Knicks will have a better chance to be competitive against Portland with the added depth Stoudemire brings to the Knicks’ front line.