New York Knicks: The Easy Solution to Handling Amar’e Stoudemire’s Return

December 22nd, 2012 by Ciaran Gowan Leave a reply »
With New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire set to return to action soon, it's time to start thinking about how he'll fit in with this high-flying team.

Despite all the fanfare over whether or not Stoudemire has a role on this team, there's actually a pretty simple solution to the situation.

As ESPN analyst and former head coach Jeff Van Gundy said on the December 11th broadcast of the Knicks-Nets game, what the Knicks need to do is establish a three-man rotation at the power forward and center positions.

At this point, the general consensus seems to be that Stoudemire would be best utilized off the bench—at least in his first few appearances—but Van Gundy went even further with his thoughts on exactly how that should work.

No matter whether he starts or not, Stoudemire is likely going to be playing major minutes, so simply having him on the bench won't necessarily help to avoid the chemistry issues that plagued the frontcourt for much of last season.

Instead, what the Knicks should do is have Stoudemire play at power forward alongside Tyson Chandler for the 15 minutes or so when Carmelo Anthony is off the floor, ...

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