In a report from Marc Berman of the NY Post, Mike Woodson was asked about when Amar’e Stoudemire returns from injury if he will return to the starting lineup and move Carmelo Anthony to the Small Forward spot.
“I’m going to address that when we get to that point,’’ Woodson said at New Orleans Arena. “Right now I’m just taking it a day at a time and work the guys we have in uniform.’’
When told about the losing record the Knicks have when both Stoudemire and Anthony are in the starting lineup Woodson talked about his confidence in their ability to play together.
“Is it an overall losing record with me as a head coach?,’’ Woodson said. “ I can’t think about what happened before I took over. As a coach, I feel good about both of them playing on the floor at the same time. That’s not going to change.’’
Stoudemire has been out since the preseason after left knee surgery and is not expected to return until mid-December.
This situation reminds me a lot of when Carlos Beltran returned from Knee Surgery for the Mets in 2010 and was “Blamed” for the Mets poor play when he returned after the All-Star break.
We all know that the second this team struggles or loses a couple of games in a row after Amar’e comes back we will have a #BlameAmare hashtag on Twitter faster than the guy created the Jason Kidd Headband account.
If anything, it does seem like Woodson has put some kid of consideration into having Amar’e come off the bench which based upon the way the team has played so far, it makes little sense to change the starting lineup.
I will say this, Woodson has preached team and sacrifice all season and everyone has bought in so far. I would think that whatever decision he makes regarding Stoudemire will be welcomed by the players because he certainly hasn’t made many bad moves yet as head coach