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New York Knicks: Why Expectations for Bench Players in 2012 Must Be High

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New York Knicks: Why Expectations for Bench Players in 2012 Must Be High
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New Knicks. Same story. Will this be the year they pull it together? Probably not.

Carmelo Anthony isn't going to change his game at this point in his career, and the team will struggle so long as he continues to be a ball-stopper. Amar'e Stoudemire will probably punch another fire extinguisher this season out of frustration for not being the $100 million power forward owner James Dolan hoped he be. The loss of Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields doesn't exactly bode well for them either.

But the bench is a different story. Led by Hall of Famer Jason Kidd, the Knicks' second unit should be the unsung heroes this season, if they each play a role rather than each go out there and try to do everything with the ball with the hopes of supplanting a starter.

It's a big if for a team for such questionable characters, but with so much attention, and money, being paid to Melo and Amar'e, here are a few reasons why this season could be all about the bench for New York.

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