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Knicks formally assign Stoudemire to D-League, but just for workouts

Dec 18, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire is a member of the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League.

The team announced the move Tuesday but Stoudemire is not going to play a game for Erie — this was simply about getting him some workouts. Stoudemire has been cleared to practice following his knee surgery (to deal with a ruptured popliteal cyst) just before the season started. However, the Knicks are light on practices while the Bayhawks are getting in a series of workouts this week at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

So, Stoudemire is going to get his run in — and see how he responds — with the Bayhawks.

If all goes well he could join the Knicks soon, maybe by Christmas when the Knicks travel across the country to take on the Lakers on national television (Los Angeles should have Pau Gasol and Steve Nash back for that game).

Stoudemire is not alone, Chris Copeland and James White also were assigned to the Bayhawks. Copeland is coming off a 29-point game where he was the lone bright spot for the Knicks in a Monday night loss to Houston.

Once Stoudemire does return he will start coming off the bench (to keep Carmelo Anthony starting at the four where he has played so well). It will fall to Mike Woodson to come up with rotations and systems that work with both Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony on the court. That is the bid challenge ahead of the Knicks in January.

But it’s nice to do that from 18-6 and atop the Eastern Conference. They have some margin for error.

  1. 00maltliquor - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    My how the mighty have fallen. Just a couple years ago he was the King of NY. He was The Man. I really hope he gets back to his old self and doesn’t dwindle to an OLD self. I used to LOVE STAT man, his game was sweet back in the days!

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    He will accept the role Woody gives him, coming off the bench with the second unit.
    He will be most effective in this situation.
    He is a good guy, I believe it will all work out.

    • saint1997 - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      that’s not where he will be most effective. He’ll be most effective starting, where Woody said he will end up. Mark my words, this will work this season. Also in the article it said Melo has had all his success at the 4, that’s not true. A couple of the games Kurt Thomas started and Melo was at the 3. He can succeed there and co exist with Amare

      • aht66 - Dec 19, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        I agree that both Amare and Melo can co-exist, but remeber Kurt Thomas is a roll player and does not demand the ball to create shots. Thomas is only out there filling a role that is open because Amare is still rehabbing.. Once all players on IR are back to full strength is when we will see and it will be determined if they CAN co-exist. It all depends on Amare doing whats best for the team, by trying to fit in where he is needed. If Coach Woodson feels it is best he come off the bench than that should be excepted by him and all players involved. He is stil getting paid top dollar either way. Kurt Thomas should not be used as a measuring stick to determine if Amare and Carmelo can co-exist.

  3. dysraw1 - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    listen where he starts out in the rotation is not important at this stage of the of the game. having him on the floor by the minnesota game is, lets make that happen

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