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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  22 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Reportedly Willing to Come Off the Bench


It’s the elephant in the room for the New York Knicks this season — is Amar’e Stoudemire willing to come off the bench, where it is widely believed would be the best spot for him and the Knicks? According to an ESPN report, the answer appears to be yes: “Amar’e Stoudemire would accept a role as the New York Knicks’ sixth man if asked, two sources with knowledge of Stoudemire’s thinking said. ‘All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning,’ said one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks. ‘He’d be fine with coming off the bench if that’s what they want.’ Stoudemire hasn’t spoken with reporters since suffering a left knee injury in the preseason. He’s been rehabilitating his knee following arthroscopic surgery for the past four weeks and is expected to miss at least another two weeks. There has been speculation about what role Stoudemire will play once he returns. Many believe Stoudemire would be a better fit coming off the bench for coach Mike Woodson’s team. Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have had a tough time developing cohesion on offense — the Knicks have a losing record while the two stars are in the same starting lineup. [...] Woodson has been evasive when asked about Stoudemire’s role once he returns. Woodson has said in the past his players wouldn’t lose their starting roles because of injury. But Woodson also hasn’t committed to re-inserting Stoudemire into the starting lineup. [...] A source close to Stoudemire who has visited with the veteran power forward recently said Stoudemire wants to help the Knicks, who were 9-4 entering play Wednesday, and doesn’t want to affect any chemistry the team has established. ‘He just wants to win,’ the source says. ‘He sees how well they’re playing and just wants to help. He’ll be fine with whatever they want to do.’ Woodson may choose to bring Stoudemire off the bench initially to help him work his way back into game shape. One league source says the Knicks are hesitant to take Jason Kidd out of the starting lineup to make room for Stoudemire. Stoudemire, a 10-year veteran, is coming off a down year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game — the lowest full-season totals since his rookie season.”

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  • Max

    A 20mill/year 6th man huh?

  • underdog

    I wouldn’t touch that starting five, they are somehow surprisingly good. Amare better come off the bench, because if the Knicks start loosing after his return, there’s no way the fans will let him be.

  • roscoe

    Does this make amare the highest paid bench player in the league???

  • Ran

    Smart move by the knicks

  • Max

    I hope so..

  • http://twitter.com/matutakeshi olive oil

    lol honestly he deserves to start but yeah tehy shouldnt mess up that starting five maybe they should trade him to get some $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • candlewood jhay

    **losing

  • RKJ92

    nobody gives a f*ck.. -.-

  • shockexchange

    If he does have to come off the bench, it won’t last long. According to the Shock Exchange, Melo playing the 4 is an infatuation of people who know nothing about basketball … the only problem is that Melo can’t guard a “legitimate 4.”

  • bigA

    I do. I am German and I don’t want loose spelling or I might lose some of my education.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Hands down best bench if he does

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Hands down best bench if he does

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    James Hardens dream contract

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    James Hardens dream contract

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Unselfish statement coming out of New York? Things done changed.

  • Junior Taylor

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • underdog

    You right. My bad. I’m sloppy like T-Mac in China.

  • Max

    Hahahahaha, didn’t see that one coming..

  • RKJ92

    wtf?

  • http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame SpeedsterNYC

    When STAT and Shump come back Knicks are gonna be scary and deep and a problem for everyone. Time to go to work! http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame

  • spit hot fiyah

    i agree, now if u can only stop refering to yourself in 3rd person

  • shockexchange

    Fair point. The Shock Exchange will consider it.

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