View Poll Results: What type of an effect do u think Stats return will have on the Knicks?

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  • Negative Stats, We wont even make the playoffs

    0 0%
  • We'll have a competitive 1st round Exit

    3 13.64%
  • Stat will help us make it to the 2nd round, maybe further

    12 54.55%
  • With Stat back we'll win the championship

    5 22.73%
  • Id rather see him not comeback

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    Knicks Won't Keep Carmelo At Power Forward When Stoudemire Returns
    Apr 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony has thrived in his new role as power forward, but Mike Woodson said that Amar'e Stoudemire will be reinserted into the starting lineup as soon as he is healthy enough to return.

    There are encouraging signs that Stoudemire is making progress, including his participation in Tuesday's morning practice.

    “I’ve got to think the doctors and Amar’e are on the same page in terms of where he is,” Woodson said before Tuesday night’s loss to the Bulls. “And when they tell me he’s ready to go, he’ll be right back in the starting lineup, playing the way I expect him to play.”

    The Knicks are just 16-20 when Anthony and Stoudemire both play.

    Stoudemire has been working with Knicks trainer Dave Han**** and the intensity of their sessions has increased.

    “He’s still working out, taking it a day at a time,” Woodson said. “He looks pretty good. Again, I think it’s going to be up to Amar’e and the doctors when he decides to make his move.

    “Until he tells me he’s ready to play, I got to continue to go to guys that are in uniform. When he tells me, I’m going to welcome him back with open arms big time.”

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    I have several questions concerning Stat and his potential return


    We saw how it took him a long time to get back into shape this year, he finally stringed together 3 games where he made a positive impact for us.

    1)How long will it take Stat this time to regain his rhythm?

    2)Will Stats return slow our ball movement down even more? (think about what the starting lineup will look like again)

    3)Can Baron Davis step his game up another level which could potentially help Melo and Stat mesh together better?

    4)Will Melo's offense suddenly disappear again?

    5)Was Toney Douglas's game against the Magic a one hit wonder for him?

    6)Should Mike Bibby get another shot?


    Now ill take the first crack at answering my own questions....

    1) Lets say Stat comes back next week, its hard to imagine him being in shape and in rhythm when the playoffs get here. An out of shape, out of rhythm Amare is more of a negative on this team then a positive, hence the nickname Negative Stats

    2) When Stat returns, the ball movement will be worse for us. Carmelo will slide back to the 3, Amare will get blocked and called for offensive fouls. Shumpert will return to the bench giving us one less player that can handle the ball and occasionally make plays for others

    3) No, i do not believe we'll see Baron Davis step it up another level. He is what he is

    4) I dont think Melo's offense will disappear, but without the cross matchups or the bigger slower defenders on him, i think it will be a little easier for teams to defend him as a small forward. I dont think he'll keep playing as well as he has since Stat and Lin got injured

    5) Douglas's game was not quite a one hit wonder against the Magic, he could have another game like that here or there but Im not expecting much from him. I think perhaps at the beginning of the season, Carmelo meant to give Dantoni cancer similar to how he did that to George Karl in Denver. But perhaps Douglas was standing behind or next to Dantoni and somehow caught the cancer instead

    6) Why not give Bibby a few minutes here and there? He does play with pride, hes not as bad defensively as many of u say he is in my opinion. If he could just find his shot...but he'll never be the penetrator/point guard that this team desperately needs.

    To conclude this thread, I dont think Stats return will make us a better team. He might as well rest up and get himself into great shape for next year. This year, I think the most we can hope for at this point is a competitive first round. Anything else is unrealistic
    Last edited by KingStarbury3; Apr 11, 2012 at 15:39.

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    Can't wait...

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    Can`t wait to see him back. People say he should come off the bench are mad. Apart from `Melo we are not getting much offense from anyone else. We need Stat.

    I just hope that this latest back problem hasn`t slowed him too much. Just before the injury he was finally back to last seasons Amare. Scoring in his usual way, even defending well and grabbing boards.

    In Amare we trust !!

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    I voted to rather not have him back, not because i think he'd be a liability but because i just rather not risk another injury with with Amare, his (UNINSURED) contract is locked in for another 3 seasons it's better to keep it on the safe side.

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    Just come the **** back already stat!

    we need him, especially against the bulls.. cant compete without him..

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    You guys are crazy haha. We need him back, melo cant score every basket

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    I still don't think the Knicks will get to the 2nd round because we don't have a legit PG that can play a solid 30 minutes right now. Losing Lin was so huge that it really kills our chances to upset some teams.

    We can beat the Bulls, but the Heat I feel would be too tough.

    Amare coming back is huge but the question is if he will be as aggressive as he was right before he was injured, playing his best basketball of the season, ironically under Woodson.

    Amare has to stay healthy and play aggressive as if he is not afraid to get hurt or else he won't play his game and will be useless since he won't rebound or play defense.

    Best we do is a seven game series to the Bulls or Heat and lose.

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    Can someone explain why Stat is not playing untill next week?
    Multiple sources reported that he is cleared by team doctors and he can play. He looks great dunking the ball and running during practice, so whats up?

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    Originally Posted by groundpilot
    Can someone explain why Stat is not playing untill next week?
    Multiple sources reported that he is cleared by team doctors and he can play. He looks great dunking the ball and running during practice, so whats up?
    I read that he had full contact practice today, and he's day to day hopefully he's back by the Boston game

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    Originally Posted by NYCLakerfan
    I read that he had full contact practice today, and he's day to day hopefully he's back by the Boston game

    I wouldn't be surprised if he was back for Boston, no matter what people say about him being soft, Amare is a very hard worker and he is always diligent in working on his body to stay ready, whether he is gonna play scared not to re-injure himself is going to be how ready he is mentally to step in and make a difference.

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    Originally Posted by zshopa
    I wouldn't be surprised if he was back for Boston, no matter what people say about him being soft, Amare is a very hard worker and he is always diligent in working on his body to stay ready, whether he is gonna play scared not to re-injure himself is going to be how ready he is mentally to step in and make a difference.
    I read it's Weds for the Nets game now, I guess they don't want to bring him back on the first game of a back to back.

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