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Report: Knicks may get Christmas present of Stoudemire return

Nov 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

The Knicks may be getting a huge Christmas present, and like parents everywhere Christmas Day coach Mike Woodson is going to be asking himself “where do I put this?”

Amare Stoudemire is eyeing a return somewhere around Christmas, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s goal is to return around Christmas, with mid-December no longer a legitimate possibility, according to person familiar with the Knicks power forward’s thinking. The person said Stoudemire hasn’t begun running on the court following his surgery on Nov. 1.

The question is where does Woodson play on a team 10-4 without him. Stoudemire on a team where Stoudemire has reportedly said if he comes back he is wiling to come off the bench for the Knicks, which makes sense — right now the Knicks starting lineup is clicking and Woodson doesn’t want to mess with it. Stoudemire wants the team to win, he’s not going to mess with it, either.

But that does not solve the bigger issue — the Knicks still have to get Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony on the same page and working well together if they are going to be the second best team in the East and challenge the Heat. That must be Woodson’s focus.

As for Stoudemire’s return date….

The Knicks play the Lakers on Christmas Day, so fire up the trade speculations… except in reality there is nothing there.

There’s been speculation there were talks between the Lakers and Knicks about a Stoudemire-Pau Gasol trade but a source claims nothing took place.

The Lakers don’t want Stoudemire. If they move Gasol — and that remains a big if, they are not shopping him right now — it will not be to New York for a guy who makes more money than Gasol, has one more year on his deal at that higher price, and has problems with both knees plus a bulging disc in his back.

  1. pricejustin24 - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    We’ll see

  2. raidmagic - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    That’s like getting socks and underwear for Christmas, sure it’s a present but not a fun one.

  3. pricejustin24 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Headline should have been “Knicks eye pao trade… Now that would be a gift.” I say the lakers should risk it to get the biscuit, but it’s a big gamble… Seems like Jim buss likes to gamble. Just saying.
    But seriously Kurt Helin must be the worst blogger ever. La-hu-sa-her

  4. dysraw1 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    yo stop the nonsense STAT is gonna be here for the duration of his contract.and when he gets back he will serve notice on all the doubters an naysayers, Pau for STAT, must be high on something. hes been nothing but the consummate team player stop even thinking he can’t co-exist with any player on the team

    • badintent - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      And being Jewish, he’ll look forward to being the next Mayor of NYC when he retires. We can ship Bloomberg off to Greenland, he can work for Santa’s elfs, looks like one.

  5. paulwoodsby - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    This should create enough chaos to make people forget about the Popovich thing.

  6. kappy32 - Dec 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Is it going to be a Christmas present where he works well with Melo or is it coal in the stocking where they regress as they did last year with both on the floor? I have a feeling it’s going to be the former.

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