There was some good news to come out of practice today for the Knicks as both Amare Stoudemire (Knee) and J.R. Smith (Ankle) both returned to practice and should play Friday against the Toronto Raptors in Montreal, Quebec.
Marcus Camby (Calf) and Ronnie Brewer (Knee) did not participate in practice today, but according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN-New York, Coach Woodson will talk to the Knicks medical staff about Camby and Brewer and believes that Brewer is progressing quickly towards a return.
“Ronnie’s getting close, that’s all I can tell you,” the coach said.
Steve Novak did not practice today, but it was not injury related as he was given a day off after playing extended minutes in the first two preseason games.
Rasheed Wallace was working on his conditioning today at practice as he looks to get into better game playing shape. Zwerling reports that Wallace increased his workload, running baseline to baseline, but Coach Woodson wasn’t definite if he would be ready for the opener on November 1st against the Nets.
“Rasheed’s doing fine,” Woodson said. “He’s starting to pick it up a little bit more in terms of getting up and down the floor with his conditioning work. It’s just a matter of time before we get him back.”