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Woodson not worried at all that ‘Melo, Amare can coexist

Nov 21, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony AP

The Knicks are 8-1 to start the season and it isn’t a fluke — this is a team that plays legitimately good defense and with Carmelo Anthony at the four (and Raymond Felton playing smartly at the point).

But there remains a big question looming about this team — what happens when Amare Stoudemire returns?

If you start Anthony at the four and move ‘Melo back to the three, are the Knicks going to look a lot like last season’s offensively challenged Knicks that were destined for a first round loss. The ones with Stoudemire looking lost and ‘Melo jacking long, contested twos.

Coach Mike Woodson isn’t worried — while the pair struggled together in Mike D’Antoni’s system they were 8-2 together for Woodson. Here is what he told Newsday (hat tip to SLAM).

“I can’t think about what happened before I took over. As a coach, I feel good about both of them playing together on the floor at the same time. That’s not going to change.”

There been talk — and I think smart talk — about bringing Stoudemire off the bench, but it doesn’t sound like Woodson is thinking that way long term. When asked more directly Woodson pretty much dodged the question.

“I’m going to address that when I get to that point,” Woodson said. “Right now, I’m just taking it a day at a time and working the guys we have in uniform as we speak.”

He can dodge it for now. But when Stoudemire returns from his October knee surgery at some point next month he is going to have to deal with it.

And the answer to that question of how the two stars play together, will determine the rest of the Knicks season.

  1. jmclarkent - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    “If you start Anthony at the four and move ‘Melo back to the three, are the Knicks going to look a lot like last season’s
    offensively challenged Knicks ”

    Agreed. I’d definitely aim to start 5 guys.

    • dannymac17 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Especially if they are all the same person.

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Something makes me think Amare will be on the trade market soon

    • bougin89 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      I doubt anybody would really give much for Amare considering they would have to take on the rest of his contract. He’s got two more PRICEY years left after this one.

  3. cantonbound13 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    This idea that Amare & Melo can’t play together is beyond ridiculous. When they played together, under the right coach & system, they were 8-2. This season, everybody is in shape & playing great individual & team defense. Amare is not a selfish player & the ultimate team guy. Getting him & Shumpert will make a good team even better & allow them to contend against teams like Miami, LA & OKC. I guess people will realize this by the end of the season.

  4. sportsnut101 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Amare is stuck in ny. His contract and injury prone is not worth it to trade for

    Sure they can coexist amare on the bench and with the 2nd unit. Woodson pls man up they had enough time together they don’t work together on the floor

  5. davidcl77 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    He’d better be. They stink!

  6. trippymane - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Starting Anthony at the four and moving carmelo to the three sounds like a wonderful idea!! Idiot….. Lol

  7. dysraw1 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    listen you guys stop the foolishness, we are talking about two grown men. with a job to do pros never worried about anything with STAT[ accept his health] an now with a kinder and gentler Melo, things should go smooth

  8. eflem80 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    The thing people don’t get about the “struggle” they had playing together is that it had NOTHING to do with Melo. Amare’s game didn’t struggle because Melo got there….it struggled because Felton left. No, I’m not saying that Felton is better than Billups….but he was better than the Billups the Knicks got. Billups has ALWAYS been a shoot first PG….that does not compliment Amare’s game. He needs a pass first PG….someone who can run the pick & roll with him (I.e. Marbury, Nash, & Felton) to perfection in order to get the most outta him. We saw this for half the season & we’re seeing it now outta Felton again this season. Between Kidd & Felton…Amare will fit in just fine.

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