It is reported that Amare Stoudemire will come off the bench when he makes his season debut with the Knicks.  Many people feel it’s best for the team if Stoudemire plays with the second unit.  The question however is how long will Woodson leave him as a bench player, will it end once Stoudemire is fully healed?  Read more after the jump.

Shay Marie

It’s common for players who return from a lengthy absence to come off the bench initially to regain their timing. But according to sources, Knicks coach Mike Woodson is seriously considering playing Stoudemire in a reserve role for the rest of the season.

Woodson is hoping to avoid disrupting the chemistry the Knicks have established during their surprising 21-9 start. The coach and his staff also want to see how Stoudemire adjusts initially, sources say.

I think it’s best that Stoudemire remain with the second unit.  It has been shown that productivity isn’t the greatest when both he and Carmelo Anthony are both on the floor.  Carmelo has actually thrived at the four spot, having Amare come off the bench provides additional scoring and post play.