The New York Knicks don’t have power forward Amar’e Stoudemire back from offseason knee surgery, but the team is ready for the star’s imminent return to the lineup.
While many experts are worried about how the 20-7 Knicks will respond to the infusion of another star like Stoudemire into their rotation—especially with the success of the team so far in the 2012-13 season—the players in New York have remained adamant about the need for the veteran forward.
No matter what role Stoudemire would play upon his return, whether it’s coming off the bench or as a starter once the 30-year-old gets his stamina back, everyone in the Knicks’ organization knows they’re better off with the All-Star in the lineup.
New York point guard Raymond Felton told Al Iannazzone of the New York Newsday about the reintroduction of Stoudemire into the lineup:
We're going to make sure it works. He ain't going to do nothing but make us better. We're going to figure it out. I know everybody trying to put this big knock that these guys can't play together, Melo and Amar'e can't play together. That's me, Jason, Pablo [Prigioni] -- that's our job to make sure that it does happen. He's got a great deal of talent. I know what he can do. What he can do is only going to help us.
The Knicks are already one of the most talented teams in the Eastern Conference without Stoudemire in the lineup, but adding a versatile star in the low post like STAT is never a bad thing.
While it may be hard to swallow for the veteran at first, New York will likely bring the former All-Star back in a bench role and begin to slowly infuse him into the starting rotation.
This process could be strenuous, but the Kicks as a team will be better off for the experience.
Not only does Stoudemire provide another amazing offensive player that can also defend with the best of them, he adds depth to a team that has serious questions down low.
STAT will do nothing but help secure one of the team’s biggest weaknesses.
If New York can keep the 30-year-old healthy for the remainder of the season, there is little doubt that the Knicks will be better off with Stoudemire in the lineup.
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