Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  16 responses

Mike Woodson Confident Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire Can Co-Exist

With the New York Knicks off to a spectacular 8-1 start this season, some fans and media are worried about what will happen to team chemistry and play once Amar’e Stoudemire returns from injury. Never fear, Mike Woodson says. From Newsday: “Mike Woodson was asked the $100-million question about whether he’s committed to starting Amar’e Stoudemire when he returns from knee surgery. Woodson was non-committal about that. But Woodson said he’s still committed to making it work with Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire, and is confident he can. The Knicks’ regular-season record when Anthony and Stoudemire play together is 30-33 — 8-2 under Woodson. That gives him the belief he can make Anthony and Stoudemire click better than they did under old Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. ‘Is it an overall losing record with me as the coach?’ Woodson asked. ‘I can’t think about what happened before I took over. As a coach, I feel good about both of them playing together on the floor at the same time. That’s not going to change.’ That might be an indication that Stoudemire will start after he comes back from an Oct. 31 left-knee debridement, a procedure to remove unhealthy tissue. He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks, so a late December return is possible for Stoudemire, who didn’t make this trip. After Tuesday night’s win, the Knicks are 21-7 overall without Stoudemire. Toward the end of last season and from the start of this one, they have been playing so well with Anthony at power forward that there has been a clamoring to bring Stoudemire, whom the Knicks signed to a five-year, $100-million contract in 2010, off the bench. ‘I’m going to address that when I get to that point,’ Woodson said. ‘Right now, I’m just taking it a day at a time and working the guys we have in uniform as we speak.’”

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  • JML-G

    me too – Knicks has shut doubters this season bout everything, only thing left is Amare Melo duo to work

  • Comment_System

    He seriously needs to bring Amar’e off the bench, him and priggioni would be a great pick and roll duo when felton and carmelo are tired. If he b*tches about coming off the bench then ship him out.

  • Redd

    Won’t work and Knicks will eventually break down with the aged team they have but for now an easy schedule and great offense have made the Knicks a good team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Anyone have any trade scenarios? Let’s just assume the Knicks will eat the majority of the salary…Rockets? Knicks could use some young legs and some draft picks…Cleveland?…I’m reaching cuz I doubt a trade will happen

  • lyoto

    Easy schedule lmao ur retarded

  • Johnny Dee

    Easy schedule and great offense? They have the #1 defense in the NBA and there schedule has been far from easy. Yes there offense is good but it’s defense that’s winning them games. Are you even a basketball fan or some wanna be know it all?

  • Redd


  • Redd

    That’s like saying my Chicago Bears have the #1 Defense.

  • spit hot fiyah

    is he supposed to say they can’t co-exist?

  • Dour Siesel

    The Knicks have had 2 teams score 100 on them and those teams happen to
    have great records so far (spurs, grizzlies). All the “must win”games were blow outs and 1 was blow out vs Miami. And please tell me how out of the 5 PF/C that make up the Knicks, 3 old guys(camby, sheed, KT) and 2 youngish (Amare, chandler), all of them are gonna be hurt at the SAME TIME. Two positions with that much depth? A tragedy would have to happen for all of them to go down. NEXT.


  • Dour Siesel

    You don’t watch basketball. You see the word Knicks and relate it to our past when nothing was accomplished. This year the Knicks have a good squad and good coach. You would know this if you watched the games.

  • bigfredlove

    @Redd every team the knicks played except New Orleans was a playoff team last year what easy schedule are you talking about?

  • lou smith

    knicks have had the hardest schedule in the league so far actually, even espn saidit.

  • Hart26

    They are 8-2 starting together since Woody was coach

  • Redd

    Seen them play but do go on about how you know what I do in my life please.

  • Dour Siesel

    I don’t know anything about your life, but I can tell when someone is ignorant of the things they speak.