Amar'e Stoudemire Will Be Available To Play Opening Night
The Knicks will have Amar'e Stoudemire available for action on opening night should they choose to use him.
In late September, we found out that Stoudemire had undergone another knee procedure this summer, and his health was questioned. Joining training camp late, and coming off knee procedures, STAT is still rounding into form, but he did play 12 solid minutes in his last preseason game against the Bobcats.
The plan has been to limit his minutes to around 20 a game this season, and look to sit either him, or other veteran Knicks forward, Kenyon Martin, on opposite days. If coach Mike Woodson feels Amar'e is fit enough, and playing him won't stunt his recovery, he could chose to use him on Wednesday night.
Mike Woodson will not announce the Knicks’ starting five until Wednesday’s season-opening game against the Bucks, but Amar’e Stoudemire will be available to come off the bench.
Stoudemire, who underwent his third knee surgery in less than a year this summer, made his preseason debut on Friday and said he had no setbacks.
“I feel good so far,” Stoudemire said after Monday’s practice. “No setbacks, progress is going well, so that’s a good sign for me.”