Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

With a depleted frontcourt, Knicks coach Mike Woodson hopes Amar’e Stoudemire will make his season debut New Year’s Day against the Portland Trail Blazers.

In the wake of Friday night’s 106-105 loss to the Sacramento Kings, Woodson told reporters his plan was to have Stoudemire practice twice before the Portland game.

“Those two practices will give us some indication of where he is,” Woodson said, according to the New York Times. “I’m going to put him through a full practice in terms of running up and down and banging some with him, too. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks, and he’ll be ready to go New Year’s Day.”

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