The Amar'e Stoudemire dilemma
Opposing scouts, coaches weigh in on whether forward should start or sit
- Elsa/Getty ImagesCan Amar'e Stoudemire, coming off a long layoff with a knee injury, mesh with the new-look Knicks?
So now what?
Now that Amar'e Stoudemire has returned to the Knicks, how should coach Mike Woodson handle this delicate situation? Should Stoudemire come off the bench -- not just now while he's returning to form, but long term -- or should he start and, along with Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, give the Knicks a huge, well-decorated front line?
And what about the endgame? Should the Knicks go small down the stretch, with Anthony at the 4, their best defender in Chandler at the 5 and Stoudemire on the bench?
For a team that has started the season so well, the Knicks sure have a lot of questions. To answer them, we consulted a stellar group of NBA basketball minds -- three assistant coaches and two longtime scouts -- to see how they would handle the sticky Stoudemire situation.
The Eastern Conference assistant coach:
"I think Amar'e has to come off the bench right now. For one, he hasn't been in the mix; he's missed a ton of games and he has to get his game back. But even coming off the bench, he still can play a key role for them. Of the four bigs they have outside of Chandler -- Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Stoudemire -- I think Stoudemire is the most valuable because of his ability to score. Even though I'd have Amar'e come off the bench long term, I do think he and 'Melo' can excel together. Those two can play together depending on the matchup.
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