Adam ZagoriaAmar’e Stoudemire did some shooting with his Knicks teammates when camp opened on Tuesday, but he didn’t practice with the new-look Knicks. Head coach Mike Woodson doesn’t know when Stoudemire will be able to go.
“It’s hard for me to even comment on that,” Woodson said. “I think right now it’s nice to see him out today on the floor. But we’ve just got to take it a day at a time. We’re not rushing, let’s put it that way. We want to make sure when he steps on the floor that he’s right for the minutes that we decide to give him.”
Stoudemire has had three knee surgeries in the last 12 months, including one in July that on Monday he called “extremely minor.” He talked repeatedly about trying to “prolong” his career by limiting his playing time during the preseason and regular season.
It remains unclear if Stoudemire will be available to play when the season opens Oct. 30. The Knicks have six preseason games before then.
“We’re just taking it a day at a time with STAT,” Woodson said. “STAT’s still a big piece of this puzzle, I think. And I think we’ve got to utilize it and I’ve got to be smart enough this year to really maximize his minutes.”
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