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Stoudemire not sure of return to Knicks
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On December 25, 2012 @ 10:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES – New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire still has no specific date for his return.
But whenever the six-time All-Star comes back from the left knee surgery that has had him out all season, he reiterated that he’s prepared to come off the bench. At least for a while.
“Well obviously coming back from an injury, you have to slowly build your way up to get back to where you once were, so there’s no pressure right now of starting,” Stoudemire told a small group of reporters after the Knicks’ loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. “I think it’s more so about us continuing to win – keep that momentum going and keep guys positive and feeling energetic about the game.”
Stoudemire, who had hoped to return for the Christmas Day game but said Tuesday that he won’t play against his former Phoenix team on Wednesday, said he has had extensive dialogue with coach Mike Woodson about how he will be reintroduced to the team is 20-8 without him.
“We have an open-door policy on both ends,” said Stoudemire, who practiced for the first time on Dec. 18. “Woody knows what type of player I am and what the goal is as far as the team and as far as winning, and I’m totally open to whatever brings that opportunity for us to win. I’m totally open for it.”
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