Woodson ‘Concerned’ about Stoudemire
Saturday night against the Pistons, nearly a year later, Knicks fans held a collective breath when (Amar’e) Stoudemire didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. And there was more to it than the Knicks building a blowout victory.
With 3:42 remaining in the third quarter, he went over to Mike Woodson and told him he was experiencing some stiffness in his lower back. After the game, that didn’t sit very well with the head coach.
“I am concerned about Amare,” Woodson said. “But we’ll evaluate it, see how he feels tomorrow and hopefully we continue to have some blowouts so guys can rest.”
Stoudemire said that kind of stiffness was rare for him during the season, but he was feeling better after postgame treatment. He credited the Knicks’ training staff for “keeping it nice and loose,” and was not too concerned about it looking ahead.
Woodson, however, sounded more cautious about the situation. With 17 games remaining in a compressed schedule, with not a lot of rest time, that’s a big reason why.