Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:


NEW YORK
— A lot of NBA stars might have grumbled and groused about being sent to the bench after returning from a serious injury.

But not Amar’e Stoudemire.

Since his return after the New Year from offseason knee surgery, Stoudemire has quietly accepted his bench role and is evolving into one of the Knicks’ most potent offensive forces down the stretch.

“It’s in my DNA,” the six-time All-Star said after going for 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting, including several rim-rattling dunks, and four rebounds in the Knicks’ 113-97 win over the Magic at Madison Square Garden.

“I’m just willing to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve accomplished a lot in my career so far and the next thing to accomplish is to win a championship. And whatever that takes, whatever role that I need to step into, I’m totally open to it.

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