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Carmelo Anthony's statement to Stephen A. Smith that he & Amar'e have talked about Stoudemire's role going forward
is actually pretty fascinating.
As I wrote here (http://zagsblog.com/articles/melo-eyes-eastern-finals-says-amare-ok-to-come-off-bench/), Melo said: “I done sat with Amar’e about that situation and he came out and made a statement saying that he will accept the role to come off the bench when he comes back.
“A person of his caliber to come out and make that statement, that just goes to show you that he is committed to what we have going on.”
So the question is: Did Melo suggest to Amar'e that it might be best for the Knicks' momentum going forward if Stoudemire joined a second unit that could include Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak and Rasheed Wallace (when he returns)?
Or did Amar'e volunteer to Melo that he would be willing to come off the bench to keep the Knicks strong start (20-7) going? Stoudemire already made that statement last week to the media, but it remains unclear when he and Melo had their talk.
If the former is true, then it really demonstrates how strong Melo's voice is inside the locker room and how much even Stoudemire -- who came to the Knicks before Melo was acquired-- trusts him. It might also indicate that Melo prefers playing the four -- Stoudemire's natural position -- where he is able to take advantage of opposing defenders.
If the latter, then Melo is right that Stoudemire is "committed to what we have going on," and it's a remarkable sacrifice for a player of Stoudemire's stature.
Either way, it would seem to spell good news for the Knicks' chemistry.
At least for now.