GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Don't expect to see*Amar'e Stoudemire
in the starting lineup anytime soon.
Mike Woodson made it clear in two separate interviews on Monday that he expects Stoudemire's role to remain the same, which means Stoudemire will continue to come off the bench.
The "Start STAT!" issue has come up in recent days because the Knicks' starting five has struggled for the past few weeks. So some media and fans have suggested that Woodson insert Stoudemire into the lineup.
Woodson recognizes that his starting lineup could use a spark. But he doesn't see Stoudemire as a solution to the problem.
"It's nice to start a game and jump on teams (early) ... but that hasn't been our M-O for the last month or so. Starting STAT, I'm not sure that is the answer," Woodson said Monday in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show." "I think he's very comfortable with where he is right now, I'm comfortable where he is in terms of coming off (the bench)."
Stoudemire has been coming off of the Knicks' bench since returning from offseason knee surgery on January 1.
And he's thrived in the role.
Stoudemire scored 22 points in 22 minutes in the Knicks' win over Philly on Sunday.
On the season, he's averaging 13.7 points and five rebounds in 22.8 minutes. He's also shooting 57 percent from the floor.
That he's done so while coming off of the bench has been a big storyline surrounding the team for several reasons. Here are two: Stoudemire had been a starter for his first ten years in the NBA and he's in the third year of a $100 million contract.