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The New York Knicks’ season has ended with the Knicks being tossed out of the first round for the second consecutive postseason with the duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.
To be completely fair, ‘Melo played without Stoudemire for a fraction of last year’s series against the Boston Celtics and also for a game of this series against the Miami Heat due to a self-inflicted hand injury.
However, the question still poses whether or not the Knicks can sustain any viable dominance in the Eastern Conference with both ‘Melo and Stat in the same lineup.
If they cannot, then the solution is far more complicated than the problem. Stoudemire cannot be moved. That was proven as it appeared New York did everything but post it on a billboard that they wanted to move Stoudemire, and no one wanted to take on the hefty contract or his beleaguered performances in the league.
Carmelo, on the other hand, is a piece that can be shopped and moved almost immediately. However, he is the golden child of the franchise. The Knicks are going to do everything in their power to ensure the purest scorer in the league keeps a starting position in their city.
Watching them on the floor in Game 5 in the American Airlines Arena spoke volumes about the tandem moving forward and how instrumental Coach Mike Woodson may be in figuring out how to maximize each star’s potential.
Anthony, who scored 35 points off of 31 attempts shared the court with Stoudemire, before his ejection after racking up six fouls, who scored 14 points off of only seven attempts.
Not to say that Stoudemire is a stingy player, but he is someone who wants to get his touches and make a bigger impact on the game. That is not going to happen with Anthony on the floor, and ‘Melo’s presence has reduce Stoudemire to more of a role player than a second-tier leader.
How long do New York fans feel this will be acceptable?
If they can co-exist, then it is a matter of finding a coach who is able to bring that out of them equally and substantially.
New York cannot survive with ‘Melo as the sole solid scoring option. It’s nice to have players like J.R. Smith and Steve Novak on the wing, but neither was wholeheartedly reliable in the series against Miami.
That fact can be attributed to Miami’s strong defense, but the offense just wasn’t there.
With Stoudemire on the court, it provides another solid scoring option that the Knicks need direly.
In order to secure a job in New York, Woodson needs to prove that this is something that he can facilitate, or else he will be just another tick in the coaching carousel with two immensely talented players that can’t get it right.