Melo, Stoudemire Accept Reduced Minutes
One person who spoke to (Mike) D’Antoni said the test of (Mike) Woodson will come when he feels (Carmelo) Anthony or (Amar’e) Stoudemire aren’t putting out and he benches them during a game.
Woodson has already subtly reduced Anthony’s and Stoudemire’s minutes without complaint. In a shrewd maneuver on his first full day, Woodson massaged their egos immediately, saying in “crunch time,’’ he wanted Melo and Stoudemire to take the shots because “they are guys who have done it.’’
However, Woodson has changed the substitution pattern, having Anthony play roughly the first eight, nine minutes instead of the whole first quarter because of a deep, effective bench.