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Stoudemire returns, Anthony back in Knicks' lineup

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm •  Published: January 1, 2013

Woodson said he wasn't sure who he wanted Stoudemire to play with, or whether the reserve role would remain permanent.

"I'm not going to discuss that. I mean, first things first. We've got to get him back on the floor and get him acclimated to what we're doing, and then we'll go from there," Woodson said.

With Stoudemire sidelined, Anthony has slid into his power forward spot and flourished, averaging 28.5 points in leading the Knicks to a 21-9 start. The Knicks have had little success with the two stars playing together, and Woodson could try to avoid that problem by splitting them as much as possible.

However, he has said the Knicks need to have both on the floor to truly contend for an NBA title. He sent Stoudemire to work on his low-post skills this summer, hoping that could become a bigger part of his game.

Stoudemire hardly got to use what he learned, appearing in just one preseason game before having the surgery to clean up loose tissue in his knee. He practiced with the Knicks twice since they returned from their Western trip and decided now was the time to play, even while not yet feeling 100 percent.

"To get back out there now will be great for me to really get my feet wet and see how it goes," Stoudemire said.