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The Knicks are not better off without Lin and Stoudemire going into next season, but just for this upcoming playoff run.
Both players do have a pivotal role on the Knicks and should get healthy heading into next season so the Knicks can be back at full strength for the 2012-13 season.
Lin has all the potential to be the point guard of the future. However, he needs to become a better defender and not get caught on screen and roll plays.
He also has to cut down on the turnovers, big time.
It is important that Lin plays at 100 percent and lets that knee injury fully heal before getting back on the court. How many times have we seen great players have shortened careers due to lingering knee issues?
Amare Stoudemire seems to attract injuries, and as he gets older the back issues could become a hindrance for his longevity in the NBA.
The Knicks can't move Stoudemire; no one wants that huge contract for a player that has had so many problems staying on the court.
Stoudemire is a great player when he is on the court and healthy, so the Knicks shouldn't move him anyway. He did help bring the Knicks back to relevance.
Hopefully the Knicks can use a full offseason to adjust on the court as a full unit. We never really got to see the full potential of this team due to all the injuries.
If the Knicks are all healthy heading into next season, they could be a force in the Eastern Conference.
But for now, going into this years playoffs the Knicks are better off without Stoudemire and Lin on the court.