Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Time for Knicks to Say It: Amar'e Is a Sub

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Time for Knicks to Say It: Amar'e Is a Sub

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes actions speak louder than words. And inaction does, too.

It was in the inaction and the words left unspoken that we might have our best idea about what Mike Woodson has planned for the Knicks -- and more specifically, for Amar'e Stoudemire -- when the roster is put together in full.

Spending the season avoiding the question of just what role is best for Stoudemire, Woodson has put it off by preaching patience while Stoudemire gets his minutes built up. But when Iman Shumpert, with more time rehabbing from a more serious knee injury, returned to action he immediately was plugged into the starting lineup.

So the words from Woodson likely are what they seem to all to be: a soft cushion to avoid laying out the news that likely will cause all sorts of angst among the Knicks fans, and perhaps even from Stoudemire -- that he isn't a starter on this team.

That seems hard to stomach since he was the first piece in place for the rebuilding of the franchise and he's paid like it, as he is in the third year of a five-year, $100 million contract.

It's not just the money either. Stoudemire has been sitting while Woodson has shuffled an assortment of fringe pieces from Chris Copeland to Ronnie Brewer to James White into the starting lineup. Consider this: Stoudemire is one of just a handful of players on the roster, along with Steve Novak, J. …

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