6 Reasons to Believe Carmelo-Amar'e Pairing Will Work in 2012-13

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6 Reasons to Believe Carmelo-Amar'e Pairing Will Work in 2012-13
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Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks will be reunited with Amar’e Stoudemire before the end of the year. The New York Post reported that Stoudemire’s “goal is to return around Christmas.”

By that time, the Knicks could very well be 20-7, anchored to the Atlantic Division lead and the second seed.

There’s an accepted fact around the NBA, a grand myth almost, that the Carmelo-Amar’e pairing never worked and never will. Under this cloud, many Knicks fans are looking forward to Stoudemire’s return with some understandable trepidation.

Who wants to mess with what the Knicks have going? They are a top five team right now, having earned a spot alongside the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder as one of the current Finals contenders.

But there is evidence that Stoudemire can make the Knicks even better, and that he and Anthony can work together quite well, especially under Mike Woodson. Not only that—there were already a few times this season the Knicks could have used Stoudemire, and they will surely need him over the course of this long season.

The Carmelo-Amar’e pairing, in fact, could take the Knicks to a whole new level.

Stats as of the end of Dec. 2 play.

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