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Stoudemire back by Christmas? Might not want to bet on it.

Dec 3, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

New York Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

A few days ago came the report that Amar’e Stoudemire new target was to be back on the court with the Knicks around Christmas. So, almost a month away still.

But that may be too optimistic as well.

Stoudemire isn’t saying more than two words to the media, but new leaked sources refuted the old leaked sources. Welcome to Knicks basketball. From the New York Daily News.

“We’ll see,” Stoudemire said Sunday (about a Christmas return).

Earlier, Stoudemire told several friends with the Suns organization that reports that he’ll play Christmas Day against the Lakers are simply guesswork.

“He said he’s not ready to commit to that date,” said a Suns official. “How would he know today that he can play on Christmas? He doesn’t know if he’ll be ready by then.”

The Knicks continue to win and look good with Stoudemire out and Carmelo Anthony at the four spot. Stoudemire said he would come off the bench on his return. That’s all swell, but at some point they are going to have to get those two guys (with Tyson Chandler) on the court and playing well together to threaten the Heat in a seven game series.

But that is a long time off from now. As, apparently, is Stoudemire’s return to action.

  1. LPad - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    why rely on sources? Alan Hahn reported yesterday that he talked to Amare directly and that Amare said a return around/after Christmas (not on Christmas) was likely.

  2. aht66 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Im impressed by the confidence he is showing in his rehab work. Its going to be a long road back to get into game shape ,but the team needs that additional threat. Regardless if he comes in off the bench or not, he needs to get back with the team. I am loving the way the Knicks are playing team basket ball. It reminds me of the days when Spreewell and Houston and Mason and Oakley and Ewing and Starks along with the other guy we had last name Anthony (Gregg) ,all played together as a team.

  3. dysraw1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    getting STAT. an Shump back healthy is big for our guys, its good that the team is playing well without them. but trust an believe that these are impact players

  4. blumenace - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    What a waste of a $100 mil smh

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