According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Amar’e Stoudemire is still hoping for a return sometime during the second round. Though he’s progressed since surgery on his knee on March 11, Stoudemire has yet to be cleared for basketball activities and has yet to begin running at full speed. Head coach Mike Woodson has insisted that Stoudmire would return to the rotation upon his return, despite evidence that the team has fared better without him. Per the report:
“If everything goes great [with rehabilitation], then I’m willing to play,” Stoudemire said. “Sooner than later, hopefully, if everything continues to improve.”
Stoudemire hopes to begin running full speed by the end of the week. If his knee responds well, he will progress with his rehab.
“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,” Stoudmire said. “… 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.”
My own thoughts on STAT’s return are that I’m certain it will be a good thing. I’m nearly positive. I’m pretty sure. I think it could work out. It wouldn’t be that bad. Wait, you don’t think it could go bad, do you? Like how bad? Will it be bad? It could kind of go bad. It won’t go bad, right? I don’t think they’d let it be a problem. I don’t think they would. Would they?No, he’d help. I think he would help. I have a good feeling he’d help. Well, at least not hurt. It couldn’t hurt. But what if it hurt?
Oh Jesus, just don’t come back. I just can’t take the aggravation (Though, yeah, totally come back).