The New York Knicks expect to get their 100 million dollar man back Saturday, Coach Mike Woodson announced. Amar’e Stoudemire is set to return from his second knee surgery of the season. Woodson said Stoudemire would have his minutes monitored in his first game back.
“It won’t be very many minutes. I’m thinking somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, if that. We have talked about [managing expectations]…I thought maybe we might have pushed a little too much early on, so we’ve got to be really cautious this time around — just to make sure that we’re doing the right things with him… it’s not that we didn’t think that when he came back the first time, but this time, we really have got to be cautious. He understands; he has no choice.”
— Mike Woodson
STAT scrimmaged for the first time today
STAT to return?
By Tommy Rothman
Knicks’ Power Forward Amar’e Stoudemire plans on returning if the Knicks make it to the second round of the playoffs. Stoudemire missed the first 2 months of the season before returning in January. After a slow start, Amar’e got his confidence and explosiveness back and started being a force inside for the Knicks. But injury struck again, and Stoudemire has been out since early March. It has been 6 weeks since his surgery… his timetable was 4-6 weeks.
If everything goes great [with rehabilitation], then I’m willing to play. Sooner than later, hopefully, if everything continues to improve…. Everything’s on schedule for the most part. I’ve got to continue to get stronger, got to get back on the court, start moving around at full speed…. And if I can handle that, then we go up a notch, that’s great. Then I’m looking [forward to] hopefully playing soon. We’ll see… If we continue to win, then that gives me more time to really heal up 100 percent. So that’s kind of the blessing that we have right now.
— Amar’e Stoudemire