Stoudemire 'Not 80 Percent Yet' but Says He'll Return Early If Team Needs Him

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Stoudemire 'Not 80 Percent Yet' but Says He'll Return Early If Team Needs Him
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Jeremy Lin infamously didn't play in a playoff game last spring because he was just 85 percent healthy, but Amar'e Stoudemire claimed Sunday that he doesn't even need that high a percentage to return to the lineup. Stoudemire practiced with the banged-up Knicks for the first time since undergoing knee surgery on Oct. 31. The All-Star forward admittedly is still not at full strength, but he has not ruled out making his season debut when the calendar turns to 2013 on Tuesday against Portland at the Garden.

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