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Amar’e Stoudemire’s back still just “90 percent healthy”

Sep 7, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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UPDATE 3:19 pm: Amar’e Stoudemire himself said his back is getting better. Or at least it’s getting better at a faster pace than the NBA Labor talks are getting better. Basically, he’ll be ready to go Oct. 1 if the league is. From the New York Post.

“I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said. “Been resting all summer. That’s been my main priority and I feel great.’’

1:04 pm: If Amar’e Stoudemire needs advice on working through a back injury, he may want to call former teammate Steve Nash.

And his back is not healthy, something we knew already, but we got some more details in a report from the New York Post.

Stoudemire has not fully recovered from a back injury he suffered before Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round series against Boston last April. A Knicks source claims that Stoudemire is approximately “90% healthy” but couldn’t guarantee that the six-time All-Star would be available if the NBA season begins on time.

Stoudemire, who took most of July off to rest his back, is scheduled to resume workouts in Florida within the next couple of weeks.

Stoudemire wasn’t just taking the summer off to build a fashion empire, he was resting his back. Doctor’s orders.

Bottom line, Stoudemire is the one guy happy the lockout is going to cost the league a few games. Or, if not happy, we’ll go with relieved. The lockout ends up being good for him. A little.

Backs are the kind of thing that has to heal or it can become chronic. Get it right now so that this isn’t flaring up next playoffs

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