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Knicks Injury Updates (Stoudemire, Martin, Felton, Shumpert, and more)

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– Amar’e Stoudemire has been cleared to practice. He hopes to play in the season opener.

– Kenyon Martin is still rehabbing the ankle injury he suffered last season and his status for the opener remains uncertain, as the Knicks would like to handle him carefully so that he can contribute long-term.

– Iman Shumpert is not practicing today, but doctors examined his arm and found nothing major. It is believed that he will be fine with a few days of rest.

– Raymond Felton pulled his hamstring, and is not practicing today. However, he says that he would play if it were a regular season game.

– Metta World Peace is back in practice.

– JR Smith is making progress in his rehab from his knee injury, but will still miss at least the first five games due to his suspension for recreational drug use.

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Amar’e Stoudemire 2013 Highlights (Video)

STAT had health problems this past season, but showed how great of a player he can be when healthy. If the Knicks can manage his minutes and keep him in the lineup, watch out.

 

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Amar’e Stoudemire to work with Hakeem Olajuwon

 

Amar’e Stoudemire will resume working out with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon for the second summer in a row, according to his training adviser Travis King.

King said the workouts will take place sometime in August at Olajuwon’s ranch outside Houston. It’s not clear if Tyson Chandler will join him, which was on the table in 2012.

Olajuwon has turned his full-court basketball gym into an NBA player development center during the summers, and he reportedly charges $50,000 a week for private instruction. He has worked one-on-one with Kobe BryantDwight Howard andLeBron James.

Stoudemire will continue to build on the post-up moves and defensive maneuvers he learned from Olajuwon last summer. The big reasons behind the collaboration were: (1) to give the Knicks a low-post presence, allowing Chandler to be the go-to pick-and-roller; and (2) to improve the spacing between Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, who had tended to crowd the court in the midrange area.

When Stoudemire returned from left knee debridement on New Year’s Day, he excelled on the block, averaging 14.2 points (on 57.7 percent shooting) and five rebounds in only 23 minutes per game. Two times he finished 100 percent from the field (7-for-7 and then 10-for-10).

Mike Woodson, who helped facilitate Stoudemire’s unique offseason training because of his friendship with Olajuwon from their Rockets playing days together, hasn’t determined if the power forward will start next season. Either way, the team envisions a big role for him.

“He’s a heck of a player,” GM Glen Grunwald said. “The question is his health and how much he can play. So we’ve got our medical staff and training staff working with him to design an offseason program that will get him to full health.

“We hope he’ll be able to play significant minutes for us next year. How much that will be, we don’t know at this time. But when he came and played for us … he was, as [Woodson] said, a big factor in those games.”

Reflecting on the Knicks’ Eastern Conference semifinals loss to the Pacers, Woodson said Stoudemire would have had a major impact if healthy, giving the Knicks a boost inside. In four games during the series — Stoudemire returned for Game 3 from right knee debridement — he averaged only eight minutes of playing time.

“STAT could have really helped us in that area because we had developed him over the summer to give us some low-post scoring,” Woodson said. “The fact that he just wasn’t up, I think, where we needed him to be based on his injuries, that kind of hurt us a little bit.”

From ESPN, by Jared Zwerling