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The Knicks picked up a much-needed win Saturday, but suffered a bigger loss off the court when they found out Amar'e Stoudemire will miss the next six weeks due to a knee injury. Stoudemire had been thriving in his new sixth-man role, averaging 17 points per game on 57 percent shooting in March. Now the Knicks -- currently tied for second in the East -- will have to make their final playoff push without him. Can they hold on to home-court advantage in the first round? Cast your vote!
STAT out for six weeks
The Knicks were just 16-13 with Amar'e Stoudemire in the lineup this season, compared to 22-9 without him.
STAT out of New York?
Amar'e Stoudemire has two years and more than $45 million left on his contract after this season, which might make him hard to move.
The Jeremy Lin phenomenon captivated Knicks fans this season, but his agent is telling fans that it's no guarantee that Lin will be back in New York. Lin is a restricted free agent this summer, and while New York gave him the shot that made him a household name, he could potentially use his star status to land in a more appealing situation. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said that Lin would "definitely" be back with the Knicks, but is the coach's confidence in Lin's return misplaced?
Lin could see where his marketability would take him. Teams are always looking for talented point guards to run their offenses.
Where would Lin thrive?
That being said, Lin could have something special with the Knicks -- if he ends up meshing well with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks could be championship contenders.
Would Lin have made a difference?
This year, the Knicks were definitely not championship contenders. They managed to win onyl one game against an (apparently) beatable Heat team despite several close misses. Tellingly, Lin was out with an injury the entire time.
The Knicks' soap opera of a season ended Wednesday night with a seemingly inevitable loss to the Heat, which means it's time for the annual edition of "What do the Knicks do now?" Amare Stoudemire is on record as saying that Steve Nash would be a great fit on the team, which would leave no room for the somewhat-phenom that is Jeremy Lin. Amare himself is under scrutiny, as he and Carmelo Anthony haven't quite clicked yet. The team also has questions to answer at coach -- Mike Woodson seemed a good fit for New York, but the Knicks considered reaching out to former coach Phil Jackson. It doesn't look to be a boring offseason at Madison Square Garden.
Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony have had a hard time getting on the same page, which might signal the need for a trade in New York.
Nash or Lin?
That said, if they do end up keeping Amare, the Knicks must decide whether to pursue Steve Nash or keep Jeremy Lin. Someone has to dish it to Stoudemire, after all.
Mike Woodson did an admirable job taking over for Mike D'Antoni after his departure, but is he a long-term solution?
Is Jackson done?
The Knicks were reportedly interested in Phil Jackson, but never reached out to him because they weren't certain he would take the job.
Amare Stoudemire isn't the first star to injure himself in these playoffs, but his injury may have been the most avoidable. Reacting poorly after a Game 2 loss to the Heat, Stoudemire punched a glass case containing a fire extinguisher, lacerating his hand and possibly knocking him out for the rest of the playoffs. Stoudemire said on Twitter that he wasn't proud of his actions, but do you attribute it more to his desire to win than selfishness?
Some experts are calling Stoudemire's actions selfish, but he may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Knicks haven't been able to solve the Heat's offerings so far, and losing Stoudemire will make it that much more difficult.
Carmelo to step up?
This could be a chance for Carmelo Anthony to prove that he can carry a team on his back -- no Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin could mean that Anthony has a chance to light up the scoreboard.
On Tuesday, "First Take" debated Amare Stoudemire's impending return to the Knicks. The team has been playing pretty well without him, actually, which brings up the all-important idea of chemistry over talent. Tim Legler would bring Stoudemire off the bench due to the fact that he doesn't fit in the Knicks' successful smaller lineup, while Skip Bayless is of the opinion that Amare would be an asset in the playoffs. What's your take?