5 Reasons Why Amar'e Stoudemire-Carmelo Anthony Pairing Will Never Work

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5 Reasons Why Amar'e Stoudemire-Carmelo Anthony Pairing Will Never Work
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Knicks coach Mike Woodson apparently liked what he saw during the 10 games he coached with a healthy Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Woodson told Newsday's Al Iannazzone that he's confident the Knicks can continue their winning ways when Stoudemire returns from knee surgery. He puts a lot more stock in the 8-2 record that the duo complied with Woodson at the helm, and far less in the 22-31 mark the two set before coach Mike D'Antoni resigned midway through the 2011-12 season.

Stoudemire's impending return is the biggest source of discussion around superfan Spike Lee's team. With an NBA best 8-1 record and a league-leading plus-11.78 scoring differential, New York has emerged as a potential championship contender.

Of course, they've managed all of this with Stoudemire in street clothes. With Anthony finding more of his touches near the basket (and the three-point shooters around him connecting on 39.4 percent of their attempts), the obvious questions about the potential fit with Stoudemire have been relentless.

When two players with this kind of talent share jersey colors, it's hard to imagine that pairing being anything but effective. But as it pertains to these particular players in this particular situation, there are a number of potential roadblocks to their shared success.

 

All stats used in this article are accurate as of 11/20/2012.

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