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Amar'e would be OK with bench role

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire says he is open to playing any role that helps the team win, including coming off the bench.

"Whatever it takes to win. You guys know me, ever since I've been here I've been all about winning and been a total team player," Stoudemire said on Tuesday after practicing for the first time since he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 1.

"Whatever it takes to win, that's the goal."

Mike Woodson did not disclose his plans for Stoudemire. He said he wanted to wait until Stoudemire was closer to returning to the court.

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