Well, it’s finally official for the New York Knicks’ Amaré Stoudemire. Check out Adrian Wojnarowski’s story about him on Yahoo! Sports:
After undergoing preseason knee surgery, New York Knicks All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire will make his season debut on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Whether or not Carmelo Anthony returns from his hyper-extended knee on Tuesday, the plan remains for Stoudemire to come off the Knicks’ bench.
Stoudemire had been targeting that date for the past week. It will come to fruition at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night when they take on the Blazers.
As mentioned, Stoudemire is going to come off the bench to not upset the good chemistry the team has been having all season. The Knicks are second place in the East at 21-9. New York actually tried to trade him in the offseason to no avail. No team wanted to take a chance on his health and take on his huge contract (he’s making $19 million this season).
But Carmelo Anthony thinks they’ll be just fine. From that same article:
“We need him,” Anthony told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears on Friday. “I know we are playing well, but the more bodies, the better, especially at this point where guys are doing well. …We are ready for him.”
On a related note, Carmelo is going to try to come back on Tuesday night, too. He will be a gametime decision.
Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 boards last season with the Knicks. His Knicks tenure has been ravaged by injuries from his back to his knees. The Knicks hope he can readjust his game a bit as his athleticism has declined a lot and he is coming off the bench for the time being.