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.
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.