Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Atlanta-hawks-orlando
Amar'e Stoudemire has gone from punching a fire extinguisher last season to reportedly saying he is willing to pack a punch off of the New York Knicks’ bench this season. It depends how his injured left knee responds over the course of at least the next two weeks. Then it is on. Or is it? Believe it or not, a sixth-man role for Stoudemire just might be the final resolution to solving the dilemma of a co-existing relationship with Carmelo Anthony. But that is head coach Mike Woodson's decision to make. According to a source who spoke with ESPN New York.com's Ian Begley, Stoudemire would accept a role as the Knicks' sixth man if asked by Woodson, who has been rather tight-lipped about what role Stoudemire would play for New York upon returning from arthroscopic surgery and rehabilitation regiment during the past four weeks. 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. "He just wants to win," the source says. "He sees how well they're playing and just wants to help. He'll be fine with whatever they want to do. Without Stoudemire, both Rasheed Wallace and Chris Copeland have split time in the post for the Knicks but the production just has not been there and something has to give. So, why not Stoudemire as a sixth man? Typically J.R. Smith and Steve Novak carry the scoring load off of the bench but even then there is a missing element regarding consistency, so adding Stoudemire’s ability (the 10-year vet averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last season). Another factor Stoudemire has going for him that will be a plus off of the bench: the opportunity to play with either Ray Felton or Jason Kidd (when healthy) in pick-and-roll situations or cutting to the rim in the second unit. On Wednesday night, the Knicks bounced back from losing their last four road games by beating the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-88. And while Anthony led the way with 29 points and Novak and Pablo Prigioni went for 19 and 11 points off of the bench respectively, being able to call Stoudemire’s number in the starting unit would be a welcomed addition while Anthony, Felton and Tyson Chandler hold down the starting five. In the end though, the sixth man decision really falls on Woodson not Stoudemire.  Every coach in the league would not mind having that dilemma. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

A-Rod goes 0-2 against Yankees pitching machine 'Iron Mike'

Redick: Flip Saunders told me to ‘shut the f— up’ three times

Ohio native Brian Hartline to visit Browns today

Report: Jets owner urging team to pursue Darrelle Revis

Kobe Bryant: Wife suffered miscarriage during rape trial

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Museum to give away DeLorean if Cubs win World Series

Jameis Winston looking to trademark 'Famous Jameis'

Maple Leafs burned on Twitter by frustrated fan

Keith Olbermann putting an end to his Twitter 'batting practice'

Prospect receives 75 cent check from Yankees

Flores: If Nick Young takes a shot at me, he's going to miss

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.