By Jazmine Smith

With the Knicks off to such a great start with a record of 19-7, second best in the East, many have forgotten about the team’s franchise player Amar’e Stoudemire (knee injury). The team is thriving now with their mix of young and veteran players. Although his return to the court is unknown, it’s been made clear that Stoudemire will come off the bench once he does return. Before Carmelo Anthony’s arrival, Stoudemire gave new life to the then irrelevant New York Knicks. Many believed the pairing of the two superstars would have been what the Knicks needed to become a force to be reckoned with in the East. However, the Knicks are a dismal 30-36 when Anthony and Stoudemire both played. With Stoudemire being so far away from being completely healthy, it looks as though the Knicks tried to rid themselves of their once star player. According to New York Times’ Howard Beck, the Knicks front office had been trying to deal away Stoudemire for “almost nothing”. Now that the season has started and talks of Stoudemire’s role once he returns have come into play, it is clear no one took the bait. Attempts to send Stoudemire to Toronto did not pan out; neither did the deal to give up Stoedemire and Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard. With his uncertain health (thereby leading to decreased productivity), it is doubtful the Knicks will find a team to send their former franchise star to. Stoudemire’s future in New York is unclear, but we all know chances of him being placed back into the starting lineup are slim, as that would cause avoidable problems with the current starting lineup. For the rest of Amar’e Stoudemire’s tenure with the New York Knicks to work, there needs to be an understanding on behalf of both parties.

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