Stoudemire practices with Knicks’ NBADL affiliate

12/18/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Practicing for the first time in two months, Amar’e Stoudemire ran court with NBADL’s Erie BayHawks at Greenburgh due to the New York Knicks’ tight schedule over the week, starting with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets. Amar’e Sotoudemire labeled the practice helpful to his recovery from knee surgery since the New York Knicks’ D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks also run several similar offensive sets and defensive schemes.
“I was able to work on a few things that I haven't been able to for the past month or so,” Amar’e Stoudemire said on Tuesday. “It felt great to get back out there and really compete with other guys. So it was good for me.”
Although Amar’e Stoudemire complained of “a little bit” soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, both New York Knicks Mike Woodson and Stoudemire himself agreed that the situation didn’t call for ringing the alarm bells.
“My conditioning is good. My timing is almost there…I still want to improve and get 100 percent,” Amar’e Stoudemire said. “I'm not totally there yet.”
Amar’e Stoudemire will be reevaluated on Wednesday and might practice with the New York Knicks on Thursday if he doesn’t experience any major discomfort in the knee.
The New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire wouldn’t commit to a date for his return yet, but Mike Woodson wouldn’t rule him out Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls or Sunday’s faceoff with the Minnesota Timberwolves either.
The prognosis initially mapped out by the New York Knicks following Amar’e Stoudemire’s left knee debridement on 31st October had him ruled out for 6-8 weeks. Up until now, Amar’e Stoudemire has had played only a total 27 minutes while scoring 18 points and five rebounds in an exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors.
But recently there’s been speculation that Amar’e Stoudemire could return for the Christmas regular season debut against the New York Knicks.
"I don't know where everyone got that assumption that I'd be back Christmas Day," Amar’e Stoudemire said. "I never made that statement at all. I'm not totally sure if I'll be back by then or not."
So far, Amar’e Stoudmire has been impressed with the New York Knicks performance, who’ve complied an 18-6 record in his absence. Seeing how he is a team player, Amar’e Stoudemire certainly doesn’t want to set the New York Knicks out of motion whenever he returns. In that spirit, Amar’e Stoudemire is even willing to come off the bench, if that’s what Mike Woodson requires of him.
"Whatever it takes to win," Amar’e Stoudemire said. "You guys know me. Ever since I've been here, I've been all about winning and been a total team player. So whatever it takes to win, that's the goal."
While Mike Woodson said that the New York Knicks finally seem to have found their footing, he expressed that a decision regarding Amar’e Sotudemire’s role on the team could only come after the All-Star’s complete recovery from knee surgery.
Moreover, Mike Woodson believes the Anthony-Stoudemire tandem can still work. The New York Knicks are 30-33 overall with both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire sharing the floor while Mike Woodson has his 8-2 record with the duo playing together to back up his claims.
"I don't look at it with Amar'e and Melo’s record," Mike Woodson said. "I look at it as a team record. And our team was pretty good last season…So I don't see Amar'e being a problem and disrupting what we do. It's just getting him back into the thick of things. It just makes us a deeper team.”
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