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How Amar'e Stoudemire's Return Will Impact the New York Knicks
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports
Amar'e Stoudemire will soon take the court for the first time this season.

The New York Knicks are rolling right now, but how will the impending return of Amar'e Stoudemire affect the team?

Though their $100 million big man has been out all season with knee debridement, the Knicks have emerged as a bona fide title contender. Stoudemire has been cleared to practice, but it doesn't look like his team needs him right now.

After the 100-86 shellacking of the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 19, New York has a 19-6 record, good for a 6-game lead in the Atlantic Division and a 1.5-game lead in the Eastern Conference.

Adding an All-NBA-caliber forward to a winning team doesn't sound like it has a downside. However, the Knicks have been exhibiting great chemistry and ball movement in Stoudemire's absence. As good of a player as STAT is, reintegrating him into a hot lineup could slow some the Knicks' momentum.

The reward of a healthy Amar'e is obvious, but there is some risk to bringing him back too. Let's take a look at how things will change for the Knicks when he gets back on the court.

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