Whether Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can successfully co-exist will remain an unanswered question for now. And it no longer matters whether Mike D’Antoni’s offense is right for Anthony.
But change the head coach and remove the power forward from the lineup and there is no denying that Anthony seems comfortable and has been productive as the Knicks’ No. 1 scoring option in a more traditional offense.
The Knicks face the Hawks Friday night having won eight of nine games under Mike Woodson, including Wednesday’s impressive 108-86 victory over the Orlando Magic. Anthony, despite playing with a strained right groin, scored 25 points in 26 minutes and spent the fourth quarter of the blowout win on the bench.