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With the Knicks playing great basketball in these opening weeks, one of the bigger concerns has been whether or not they will keep it up when Amar'e Stoudemire returns.
Much has been made of Stoudemire's lack of chemistry with Carmelo Anthony, as well as the spacing issues with him playing alongside Tyson Chandler.
That said, Stoudemire has barely played under Mike Woodson, and as we all know, a lot has changed for the better since he took over from Mike D'Antoni.
Ball movement is now a key value, and if Stoudemire can buy into that then it would help both him and the team.
Using Stoudemire in a new role—possibly coming off the bench—could help too, and according to ESPN he would be willing to play as a sixth man if need be.
If Stoudemire does take his talents to the second unit, it would make the Knicks' bench arguably the best in the league and certainly the most diverse.
The pick-and-roll with Pablo Prigioni and Stoudemire should be a nightmare to defend, and that's a play we should see a lot of.
Coming off the bench, Stoudemire can play 30 or so minutes by playing power forward with 'Melo off the floor and center with Chandler off, which would be an almost seamless way to do things.
Ultimately, having an All-Star level player join the team is generally a good thing, and if Stoudemire is utilised correctly then he will give the Knicks a major boost.
For now, it's looking like a Christmas return for Stoudemire, and there'd be no better present for the Knicks and their fans than for him to finally work things out chemistry-wise.