New York is still missing guard Iman Shumpert and forward Amar'e Stoudemire, yet the team is still playing great basketball.
Iman adds another defensive body to the rotation, and Amar'e provides more scoring.
Yes, the question is still whether or not Amar'e will disrupt the chemistry, but if Ian Begley's sources are correct and Amar'e is concerned about "helping the team and winning," then fans shouldn't be worried.
In the November 29 article, the ESPNNewYork.com writer claimed that Amar'e would welcome the sixth man role.
A source close to Stoudemire who has visited with the veteran power forward recently said Stoudemire wants to help the Knicks, who were 9-4 entering play Wednesday, and doesn't want to affect any chemistry the team has established.
"He just wants to win," the source says. "He sees how well they're playing and just wants to help. He'll be fine with whatever they want to do."
Obviously, Shumpert would slide into the starting 2-guard spot, while Amar'e would be the first to come off the bench.
A starting rotation of Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler is formidable.
The next set of guys would include Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace—a lineup that could probably beat most NBA teams, some of which with ease.
Coach Woodson is a smart guy, especially with this New York team.
I expect he will put Stoudemire in the sixth man role, and if New York is having trouble they'll make the proper adjustments.
Whatever the case, the return of both these guys enhances the chances of New York winning it all.