Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery
Amar'e Stoudemire is still in the process of recovering from offseason knee surgery, but the New York Knicks forward said Tuesday that he would not rule out a return to the lineup when the team tips off the 2013-14 NBA regular season.
Newsday's Al Iannazzone spoke to the 30-year-old forward Tuesday, who indicated he expects not only to play in the opener but also return to his dominant form:
Amar'e said it's possible he will play in the season opener Oct. 30 and he believes he can dominate again.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 8, 2013
Stoudemire will play Tuesday night against the Bobcats.
Amar'e talked to Adam Zagoria of SNY about his knee issues:
“It’s not easy when you’re known for being a superstar player and then having to accept the role of coming off the bench and then also limited minutes, it’s never easy,” he said. “It’s definitely a process that you have to mentally prepare yourself for but at the same time it’s for the betterment of the team and also it’s better for yourself to prepare yourself to heal and be ready for the longevity.”
“I felt great,” he said. “Felt strong, felt energetic. The first quarter kind of caught me off guard because everything was kind of fast, but I was able to maintain and get myself going in the second half and felt great.”
“Absolutely, I’m surprised it’s not a mandatory thing around the league because that recovery day is scientifically proven that you can recover and prevent injury and get guys healthy,” he said. “I’m glad that we jumped on that early and we figured it out.”
“Not until we feel that it’s important or it’s imperative for us to push it to the next level,” he said. “Right now it’s only Game 2, there’s no rush. We’re playing well. We’re still solid and if they need me I’m here for that extra weapon.”
He added: ”I’m sure as the season goes along and as I get stronger and stronger, then I’m sure the minutes will increase.”
From Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv and NBA.com:
Amare said he feels good,expects to play wednesday— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 28, 2013
From ESPN's Ian Begley:
Amar'e & Kenyon have to make it through practice Mon & Tues before they can be cleared for the opener; Woody's confident that both will play— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 26, 2013
#Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he's "really considering" alternating Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin on a game-to-game basis.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 26, 2013
From Marc Berman of the New York Post:
To clarify, Woodson said Amar'e, Kenyon not expected to play preseason finale at Garden. J.R. expected to, so clock can run on suspension.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 23, 2013
From Al Iannazzone of Newsday:
JR Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin are scrimmaging right now.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 22, 2013
From Al Iannazzone of Newsday.com:
Woodson said he hopes Amar'e and JR Smith can scrimmage tomorrow. He said it's up to the medical staff. Said Amar'e has looked good.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 21, 2013
Al Iannazzone of Newsday.com passes along a statement from Amar'e Stoudemire discussing his potential availability for the Knicks' first game of the regular season:
"It's possible,'' he said. "The goal is to be ready to start the season. We'll see if that pans out.
"I feel like my strength is really there. I feel my cardio is where it needs to be. That being said, I didn't get a chance to scrimmage up and down yet. It's more physical contact in a halfcourt setting. So I felt explosive. So we'll see how the progress continues.''
"The health is more important, to make sure I'm healthy,'' Stoudemire said. "The real season obviously starts in the playoffs, which we all know, but we have to prepare ourselves for the playoffs in the regular season. So it's very important to develop that chemistry during the regular season. So hopefully if I'm strong enough -- I feel great -- I should be ready for the season opener.''
From Al Iannazone of The New York Daily News
Amar'e has been cleared for contact.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 19, 2013
Woodson said the hope is Amar'e Stoudemire can play opening night.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 19, 2013
From ESPN's Ian Begley:
Amar'e took contact in half court drills today but did not scrimmage. #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 19, 2013
The news comes just a day after the Knicks announced that Stoudemire and guard J.R. Smith would not join the team for its first three preseason games, per NBA.com insider Adam Zagoria. New York will be traveling around the country for much of the preseason, so keeping the injured stars back home did not come as much of a surprise.
In September, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News uncovered that Stoudemire underwent an unreported surgery on one of his bothersome knees this past July. It was the third surgery in less than a year for the former All-Star, which included a preseason procedure before the 2012-13 campaign and a knee debridement in March that prematurely ended his regular season.
Stoudemire would come back for four games in the Knicks' playoff run, but was largely ineffective. He averaged only 3.8 points per game and played only 33 total minutes in New York's six-game Eastern Conference semifinals loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Knee problems, of course, are nothing new to Stoudemire. When the forward signed his contract with the Knicks in 2010, the team was unable to get the $100 million deal insured because of his balky knees. After playing in all but four games in 2010-11, Stoudemire has since missed 72 games over the past two regular seasons.
When Stoudemire returns to the lineup, Mike Woodson is expected to deploy him in a diminished role to preserve his health. That role remains undefined, though, as the Knicks blossomed on offense last season by using Carmelo Anthony as a small-ball power forward and using Tyson Chandler as the primary roll man on pick-and-rolls.
The team also traded for former Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani this offseason, who will also eat into Stoudemire's minutes at the 4.
New York opens its 2013-14 campaign against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30.
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