Amar’e to make surprising sacrifice for Knicks?
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Amar’e Stoudemire’s return to the New York Knicks isn’t necessarily a good thing. The Knicks have the best offense in the NBA and are tied with Brooklyn atop the Atlantic at 10-4.
Looking at how the Knicks fared last year with Stoudemire on and off the court, it’s clear New York was a better team without him. John Schumann stretched Stoudemire’s 2011-12 numbers out across an 82-game season and found the Knicks were a 64-win team without him, while a 36-win team with him.
But concern regarding the impact Stoudemire’s return was eased slightly following a report from Ian Begley. Begley spoke with two unnamed sources who said Stoudemire would be willing to sacrifice a starting role to better aid the team.
“All he cares about right now is helping the team and winning,” said one source, who has been around Stoudemire regularly in recent weeks. “He’d be fine with coming off the bench if that’s what they want.”
There are still a few weeks before Stoudemire’s projected return, which is plenty of time for the plot to evolve. For now, the Knicks can enjoy the success and chemistry uninhibited.