Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterThough it would appear as though Samuel Dalembert is the Knicks’ most likely replacement for Tyson Chandler at the starting center position, perhaps Amar’e Stoudemire could receive a handful of starts at the five as well.
Stoudemire’s Knickerbocker career has obviously been plagued by injuries, ensuring it to be nothing like what most first expected upon the forward arriving in the Big Apple. Having only played in 141 contests over the last three seasons, it’s safe to say New York has been forced to be overly cautious when it comes to attempting to preserve Stoudemire.
But when he’s actually been able to hit the hardwood, the big man has made positive contributions. Willingly accepting a reserve role more recently, Stoudemire has given his team a much needed scoring punch off the bench. His production hasn’t exactly been the problem. Instead, the dilemma has been the Knicks’ attempting to squeeze the most out of him while they still can. It’s a tricky situation, to say the last.
That said, Stoudemire is now in the final year of his contract. The Knicks can finally go for broke and take the kid gloves off. It’s time to maximize what they can get from the $100 million man and find out if he can readily contribute to a successful team night in and night out. In a contract year, it’s important for both sides to see what he has left.
For what it’s worth, Stoudemire looked to be in great shape during a recent offseason workout. Take a look below…