Amar’e Stoudemire received knee surgery before the start of the season, which has so far kept him out of 21 games. However, the Knicks have managed to cope just fine without their 6-time all-star, as the team is at the top of the Eastern conference with a 16-5 record.
As Stoudemire is getting closer to being cleared for practice, a lot of people fear that his return might disrupt the rhythm of the team.
It is no secret that Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire haven’t found a way to co-exist on offense. Both players are willing to make sacrifices in order to make it work, but they just don’t seem to gel.
According to New York Post, the Knicks’ veteran guard Jason Kidd thinks that Stoudemire is close to making a return, and he is not skeptical about Stoudemire’s importance to the team:
“I think he’ll fit in just fine. Everyone’s thinking he’s not going to fit in. He makes us deeper and brings us an interior defender and big guy who can shoot the ball and spread the ball. You don’t have to worry about that.” – Jason Kidd
While everything Kidd says is true, the problem that Anthony and Stoudemire just don’t click on offense persists.
Right now the Knicks have a balanced starting lineup, as Anthony is playing at the power forward position, while defensive ace Ronnie Brewer is filling up the 3 spot.
It has been mentioned that Stoudemire would not be opposed to coming off the bench, if that would benefit the team. It certainly seems like a good idea, as Stoudemire leading the second unit would make the Knicks that much scarier.
While Stoudemire has still not been cleared for full-contact practice, he is expected to return somewhere around Christmas. Last season Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds – his lowest stats since an injury plagued 2005-06 season in which he only played in 3 games.
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