Amar'e Stoudemire was long thought to be the biggest detriment to the New York Knicks success.
His 2012-13 season was delayed by preseason knee surgery. While their $100 million project watched from the sidelines, the Knicks appeared more than capable of putting together the kind of sustained playoff run unseen by the franchise is more than a decade.
Could they find a way to reintegrate Stoudemire into the mix? And if so, could they do it without sacrificing Carmelo Anthony's refined post offense or coach Mike Woodson's inspired smothering defense?
Somehow, the Knicks have not only maintained their winning ways with Stoudemire, they might be a better team because of him.
But what has made his journey from potential disaster to season-saving contributor possible?
Well, there are several different credits for his resurgence.