Monday 24th June 2024,
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Amar’e Stoudemire Not Sure Why He’s Coming Off Bench

amare_stoudemireDerek Fisher plans on bringing Amar’e Stoudemire off the bench this season for the Knicks. This won’t be the first time Stoudemire has had to deal with this, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. But to his credit, he’s handling it like a pro.

Having said all of that, he’s not sure why Fisher is making him the team’s sixth man. Sounds like he’d rather be starting still.

Fisher shed some light [Monday] on why he never considered Stoudemire for the starting power-forward slot, especially after Andrea Bargnani went down with a hamstring injury after the first preseason game. Did Fisher want to keep Stoudemire away from starting center Samuel Dalembert or small forward Carmelo Anthony? […] “I’m not sure,” Stoudemire said. “I need to find out as well as you are.”

“It’s not really about Amar’e next to Sam,” Fisher said, “but trying to fit in a five-man unit and how does that make our bench look depending on who starts and who doesn’t. We don’t want to have a vastly different impact based on starters and bench guys.”

“I take the game very serious whether starting or coming off the bench,’’ Stoudemire said. “Whatever’s best for the team, so be it. If not, we’ll figure something out.” […] “Whatever the situation is, I’m learning three different positions — power forward, center and the perimeter player,” Stoudemire said. “So it’s very versatile on my end, a versatile weapon we have, ready to utilize my skill wherever, starting or sixth man.”

H/T: NY Post

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