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06:19 PM ET 02.06 | Missing the first 30 games of the season because of knee surgery, Amar'e Stoudemire's return to the New York Knicks was viewed as something that could perhaps disrupt the team's success. Questions about Stoudemire's place as a reserve, his lack of defense and how he played with Knicks leading-scorer Carmelo Anthony all came into question. But so far, Stoudemire has only helped the Knicks since debuting on Jan. 1. Coming off the bench, he is averaging 13.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and he's shot 58 percent from the floor. Stoudemire said that he's felt completely comfortable as a bench player and is just doing what it takes to win. That includes playing less minutes. "Yeah, I???m fine with it," he said of reduced minutes. "Whatever it takes to win. I???m not sure if I should keep saying it or not but whatever it takes to win I am totally open to it.???

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February 6, 2013  07:41 PM ET

Of course he is....
Rather than guarding the elites like a Griffin,Love,Aldridge,D West,ZBo Bosh,Josh Smith,Faried,David Lee,Ibaka,Duncan,Millsap...
He guards the likes of Warrick,Anthony Randolph,Lou Amundson,Jared Jeffries,Chuck Hayes....

February 6, 2013  08:25 PM ET
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Of course he is....Rather than guarding the elites like a Griffin,Love,Aldridge,D West,ZBo Bosh,Josh Smith,Faried,David Lee,Ibaka,Duncan,Millsap...He guards the likes of Warrick,Anthony Randolph,Lou Amundson,Jared Jeffries,Chuck Hayes....

I scoff at your elite pfs list since Amare than all but one of those players. Cnt expect muh from a raptors fan!LOL

February 6, 2013  08:25 PM ET

better*

February 6, 2013  08:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Of course he is....Rather than guarding the elites like a Griffin,Love,Aldridge,D West,ZBo Bosh,Josh Smith,Faried,David Lee,Ibaka,Duncan,Millsap...He guards the likes of Warrick,Anthony Randolph,Lou Amundson,Jared Jeffries,Chuck Hayes....

We will be waiting playoff time!!!

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February 6, 2013  09:09 PM ET

"Yeah, I'm fine with it." Translation: Same money, fewer minutes? I'm good.

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February 6, 2013  11:15 PM ET
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LOL, the Knicks aren't playing at MSG and get beat by the Wizards. Back to earth. The Cavs are 10-11 last 21. Improving. Will the Orlando Magic win another game this year?

They came back, then the wizards took over again, it happens.


Amar'e is actually playing decent. Compared to his return and this, he's looking better and better.

When he returned he was overdoing stuff, immediately trying out all the moves (it's actually only 1 lol) in the post and he fumbled the ball, travelled etc.


Anyways, he just needs to run the lanes to get open because people are double teaming Melo and shading JR. If Stat,Melo and JR gets everyone on them Chandler will dunk it in.

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February 7, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The Money Is The Same, Bro.

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