By Moke Hamilton

He went from standing tall and talented to not standing at all, but unlike his demeanor, Amar’e Stoudemire has quietly played an integral role in the Knicks piecing together the longest win streak of their season.

With only 15 games remaining, the Knicks trail the Atlanta Hawks by three games and five in the loss column, but credit them for this: they have not quit.

And despite undergoing multiple knee surgeries and seeing both his place in the rotation and the level at which he is capable of contributing being doubted and diminished, Stoudemire has remained upbeat and has reemerged as a force for the Knicks.

Better late than never, he’d say.

“Never doubt, never doubt,” Stoudemire told TKB after the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday afternoon. In 27 minutes, Stoudemire scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds en route to helping the Knicks pull out a 115-94 win—their sixth straight.

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