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Stoudemire says back still not right, so he sits and rests

Jul 26, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

Amare Stoudemire AP

While other NBA players have been spotted hitting the gym or on courts at the big summer pro/am series like the Drew and Goodman leagues, Amar’e Stoudemire has been working on his clothing lines.

Not playing, not even working out. Just resting his body. Because his back is not right yet.

A couple months after the season and his back still is u still hurts, the Knicks star told ESPN New York.

Stoudemire said that while he can move and bend over fine, his back is still sore and it’s slowly healing. In fact, the court is the last place you’ll find him. Try the couch.

“Right now, all I can do is rest,” Stoudemire said. “There’s no rehab right now — no cardio, no weightlifting, nothing. They say the best thing for me right now is another three weeks of rest, nothing else.”

He does want to get back, he wants to organize some workouts and some games with Knicks teammates.

And he says he is open to Europe, that he’s getting a lot of offers. This is a guy who has had microfracture surgery, who had a problem with his retina, finally overcame all that to get a max deal and he’s going to risk it to play overseas for a fraction of the money?

Not likely. For now it’s not about Europe, it’s about rest for Stoudemire.

  1. downtowndanny - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    i like this guy, and Miami would be a lot better of with him than “Man Hug” but this is scary. I hope this isn’t one of those career ending, Greg Oden, Yao Ming situations because Stat is a beast when he’s healthy.

  2. involvement82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    I say proof read and spell check article b4 post, big nose.

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