Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
When LeBron James came over to the Miami Heat, Dwayne Wade had to sit back and sacrifice his pride to achieve a desirable end result—an NBA title.
Amar'e Stoudemire put New York on the map. Carmelo Anthony will be the one to mark them on the globe.
He's the more versatile player, and at this point in their careers, the healthier and more reliable one too.
If Dwayne Wade can swallow his pride and work with LeBron James, Amar'e could do the same with Melo. However, it's not necessarily just laying back and letting Carmelo do the work.
Regardless, Amar'e is on the biggest stage of them all—Madison Square Garden.
He'll be scrutinized whether he's Batman or Robin, so for the sake of winning and turning this franchise around, he's got to accept a lesser role than the one he originally signed up for.
I think the perfect model for the two to imitate would be the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Both players are scorers, yet they seem to coexist and do what needs to be done. Paul Pierce is that go-to option, while Kevin Garnett is the second option but is still reliable.
The Knicks' duo is younger, therefore they should be able to do a little bit more.
If Amar'e is willing to adjust to that lesser role, New York is certainly in for a title run.