Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Ankle, Wrist and Return

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2015

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Amar'e Stoudemire injured his ankle and wrist in New York's Saturday, Jan. 24 game vs. Charlotte. He is available to play Friday vs. the Brooklyn Nets.

Continue for updates.


Stoudemire Available vs. Nets

Friday, Feb. 6

The Knicks announced Stoudemire is available vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.


Stoudemire to Have Minutes Restriction Upon Return

Thursday, Feb. 5

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Stoudemire's usage when he eventually returns to the lineup from injury:

Stoudemire could be saving himself for Golden State, when he would face Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach who as the Suns general manager in 2010 refused to give Stoudemire a five-year guarantee.

Though his right knee no longer is swollen, Stoudemire will be on an unofficial minutes restriction of around 20 per game.

On Monday, Feb. 2, Fisher discussed the team limiting Stoudemire's minutes, via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News:

'I think for Amar’e or any athlete as you evolve and continue to age, you have to continue to be smart about where your limits are,' Fisher said Monday on a conference call. 'Amar’e, considering his past and his history, has been one of the best I’ve seen at being as engaged and involved in his own process as any guy I’ve seen in a long time.

'I think for Amar’e it’s just been a cumulative effect. I don’t think the Chicago game or anything just this season was something that put him over the edge.'

(...)

'I think that he actually was willing to sacrifice how he might feel for the betterment of the team because of all the other injuries that we had sustained prior to that time during the season,' Fisher said. 'Had we had some other guys that have been healthier, then we probably would’ve been able to find a better balance for Amar’e, but our team was struggling and he wanted to be a part of turning this thing around.

'So I’ll always respect and admire his approach and now I just want to make sure that, with that knowledge, that anything we do going forward we keep in mind that we have to maybe be the bad guys for him and work with him just to make sure that he’s doing not just what’s best for him as a basketball player, but we want him to have a healthy life at whatever point his basketball career is done. So all of that stuff factors into it.'


Stoudemire Out vs. Celtics

Tuesday, Feb. 3

The Knicks confirmed that Stoudemire is out Tuesday as the team takes on the Boston Celtics.


Stoudemire Injures Wrist, Ankle vs. Hornets

Saturday, Jan. 24

New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is dealing with further injury woes as he was forced to exit the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets with a sprained ankle.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reported Stoudemire's wrist was also ailing him:

Iannazzone reported earlier in the game that Stoudemire was probable to return, but the forward never returned to the floor.

Stoudemire still goes through some stretches where he has the look of a high-impact player. They don't last very long, however, due to his seemingly constant injury troubles, mostly concerning his balky knees. He played an average of just 42 games over the previous four seasons.

That lackluster bill of health comes despite decreases in minutes used in an attempt to keep him healthy. He's also received occasional games off strictly for rest. It's a good idea on paper, but clearly hasn't done enough to keep him on the court.

The forward previously missed an extended stretch this season due to further knee issues. As has often been the case, once he's sidelined the Knicks usually try to let him get as close to full strength as possible, and that takes some time.

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