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    Amar'e OK with sixth-man role

    Just seen this, not sure if its been posted.

    Sorry, link only. I'm on mobile. If somebody can quote the story.

    Amar'e Stoudemire would accept a role as the New York Knicks' sixth man if asked of him, two sources with knowledge of Stoudemire's thinking told ESPNNewYork.com.

    "All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning," one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks, said. "He'd be fine with coming off the bench if that's what they want."

    Stoudemire hasn't spoken with reporters since suffering a left knee injury in the preseason. He's been rehabilitating his knee following arthroscopic surgery for the past four weeks and is expected to miss at least another two weeks.

    There has been speculation about what role Stoudemire will play once he returns.

    Many believe Stoudemire would be a better fit coming off the bench for coach Mike Woodson's team. Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have had a tough time developing cohesion on offense -- the Knicks have a losing record while the two stars are in the same starting lineup.

    Both Anthony and Stoudemire are effective operating in isolation around the elbow, which is just one reason why they haven't had success while sharing the floor together.

    Additionally, Stoudemire and Knicks starting center Tyson Chandler are seen by some as a bad match when paired together.

    Chandler is the Knicks' primary screener on the pick-and-roll, a role Stoudemire has thrived throughout his career.

    Woodson has been evasive when asked about Stoudemire's role once he returns. Woodson has said in the past his players wouldn't lose their starting roles because of injury. But Woodson also hasn't committed to re-inserting Stoudemire into the starting lineup.

    "I'm going to address that when we get to that point," Woodson said last week. "Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time and work the guys we have in uniform."

    A source close to Stoudemire who has visited with the veteran power forward recently said Stoudemire wants to help the Knicks, who were 9-4 entering play Wednesday, and doesn't want to affect any chemistry the team has established.

    "He just wants to win," the source says. "He sees how well they're playing and just wants to help. He'll be fine with whatever they want to do."

    Woodson may choose to bring Stoudemire off the bench initially to help him work his way back into game shape. One league source says the Knicks are hesitant to take Jason Kidd out of the starting lineup to make room for Stoudemire.

    Stoudemire, a 10-year veteran, is coming off a down year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game -- the lowest full-season totals since his rookie season.

    He worked diligently over the summer to regain his form, spending time with Hakeem Olajuwon to incorporate post moves into his offensive repertoire. Stoudemire was confident in the preseason he could bounce back this season. But he suffered a knee injury that originally was thought to be a bone bruise, but later diagnosed as a ruptured cyst in his left knee.

    Stoudemire's left knee has been an issue in the past. He underwent microfracture surgery in October 2005, but bounced back well from the procedure.

    One NBA team doctor told ESPNNewYork.com that Stoudemire was the best example of a player regaining his form after microfracture surgery.

    Still, the procedure can be a red flag for teams. Stoudemire's contract with the Knicks -- five years, $100 million -- is uninsured because of his history of knee issues.

    Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
    http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=8688804
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    Amar'e Stoudemire would accept a role as the New York Knicks' sixth man if asked of him, two sources with knowledge of Stoudemire's thinking told ESPNNewYork.com.

    "All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning," one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks, said. "He'd be fine with coming off the bench if that's what they want."

    Stoudemire hasn't spoken with reporters since suffering a left knee injury in the preseason. He's been rehabilitating his knee following arthroscopic surgery for the past four weeks and is expected to miss at least another two weeks.

    There has been speculation about what role Stoudemire will play once he returns.

    Many believe Stoudemire would be a better fit coming off the bench for coach Mike Woodson's team. Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have had a tough time developing cohesion on offense -- the Knicks have a losing record while the two stars are in the same starting lineup.

    Both Anthony and Stoudemire are effective operating in isolation around the elbow, which is just one reason why they haven't had success while sharing the floor together.

    Additionally, Stoudemire and Knicks starting center Tyson Chandler are seen by some as a bad match when paired together.

    Chandler is the Knicks' primary screener on the pick-and-roll, a role Stoudemire has thrived throughout his career.

    Woodson has been evasive when asked about Stoudemire's role once he returns. Woodson has said in the past his players wouldn't lose their starting roles because of injury. But Woodson also hasn't committed to re-inserting Stoudemire into the starting lineup.

    "I'm going to address that when we get to that point," Woodson said last week. "Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time and work the guys we have in uniform."

    A source close to Stoudemire who has visited with the veteran power forward recently said Stoudemire wants to help the Knicks, who were 9-4 entering play Wednesday, and doesn't want to affect any chemistry the team has established.

    "He just wants to win," the source says. "He sees how well they're playing and just wants to help. He'll be fine with whatever they want to do."

    Woodson may choose to bring Stoudemire off the bench initially to help him work his way back into game shape. One league source says the Knicks are hesitant to take Jason Kidd out of the starting lineup to make room for Stoudemire.

    Stoudemire, a 10-year veteran, is coming off a down year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game -- the lowest full-season totals since his rookie season.

    He worked diligently over the summer to regain his form, spending time with Hakeem Olajuwon to incorporate post moves into his offensive repertoire. Stoudemire was confident in the preseason he could bounce back this season. But he suffered a knee injury that originally was thought to be a bone bruise, but later diagnosed as a ruptured cyst in his left knee.

    Stoudemire's left knee has been an issue in the past. He underwent microfracture surgery in October 2005, but bounced back well from the procedure.

    One NBA team doctor told ESPNNewYork.com that Stoudemire was the best example of a player regaining his form after microfracture surgery.

    Still, the procedure can be a red flag for teams. Stoudemire's contract with the Knicks -- five years, $100 million -- is uninsured because of his history of knee issues.

    Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

    I think IF TRUE then trading Stat isn't going to be our concern. Because him coming off the bench is the best thing that can happen to this franchise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OG "Dee" LOCc View Post
    I think IF TRUE then trading Stat isn't going to be our concern. Because him coming off the bench is the best thing that can happen to this franchise.
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?

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    Thanks for that bro. Too much of a hassle on the mobile.

    If indeed it is true, that's awesome. Putting the team first. Love it!

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    If this is true that's great. That's where he would help the team most

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix3132 View Post
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?
    Manu's coming off the bench

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    would be great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix3132 View Post
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?
    Because when your max player is reduced to a shell of his former self the last thing you want to do is have him thing he's still an all-star that can put up 30 points a game. If Amar'e is good with coming off the bench, if he can accept the fact that he will be a role-player, then that will give us the best shot at winning a championship THIS YEAR. And, you know what, if we invested 100$ million on him, and he helps us win a ring, then yeah...its the best thing that is possible right now.

    We already signed that contract. We're going to pay Amar'e. If he can put aside his ego and help us win, whether he deserves the contract or not if we're winning no one will really care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix3132 View Post
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?
    it's not ideal, but James Harden came off the bench in OKC last year and it worked well there. he is a max player this year so it's kinda similiar though not exactly. I don't know if we need him to come off the bench, but looking at how good Felton is making Chandler look, it will be interesting to see the Amare Felton tandem. I think if woody can keep Amare's mins down to around 25-30 a game, there will be a lot of times that we will be thankful for him. a Priggs, Smith, Novak, Amare and Sheed bench is pretty nice considering what our starting 5 is. I'm glad Amare will do whatever it takes to win, he is really a true competitor. I get mad at his health sometimes, but the truth is that he has been nothing but proffesional since he got here.

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    No matter how much I try I can't see amare handling the kind of defensive rotations our team is running now.

    I hope he can, I just don't see it.

    I sometimes wonder if amare even has peripheral vision. Seriously, It seems like he never sees these guys until they go past him for a layup, it's amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix3132 View Post
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?
    Depth my man, depth

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    this.........would.....be...





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    PHENOMENAL

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    This is a phenomenal decision
    Future Ace

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    Awesome news. This is the only important thing in the whole overblown story, whether Amare ends up starting or not. The Knicks should always go with what they think is the best way to win, and its great to hear it is what is important to STAT too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matrix3132 View Post
    How is having a max player coming off the bench the best thing for ANY franchise?
    Because that's where he best fits to help this team win a championship.

    Amare off the bench will have plenty of minutes, he can play next to Tyson/Melo and be effective (and he will to close many games), he will also become the primary backup for both Tyson and Melo at the 4/5. As well as getting 2 of the 3 max players on this team more screening opportunities in Chandler and Amare if they aren't together, they're arguably 2 of the 3 best pick and roll finishers in the NBA. That's what's made both of them max players (Well Tyson more of his defense).

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