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Report: Stoudemire could practice with Knicks Tuesday

Dec 17, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

New York Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

Consider it a Christmas present — the Knicks may be about to get Amar’e Stoudemire back.

The question is will this gift be a lump of coal.

He’s been recovering from knee surgery and there have been hints he is getting close to getting back on the court, then comes this tweet from Marc Berman of the New York Post.


Even if it’s not Tuesday, it’s probably soon. A return to practice likely means a week or two until he is playing again in games. It is expected that Stoudemire would be coming off the bench, at least at first. Which makes sense, the Knicks are 18-5 with this basic starting rotation.

Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds a game last season while shooting 48.3 percent. All of that was down some from the season before but his numbers weren’t the problem.

The problem was when Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were all on the floor together the Knicks offense was terrible. Just abysmal. Of course, Mike Woodson would like you to know the Knicks were 8-2 when ‘Melo and Amare played together under him last season, and that he thinks this can work out.

We’ll see. At some point if the Knicks really want to be a threat to the Heat in the East in the playoffs (those big early season wins will be moot come the playoffs) they will need Stoudemire and Anthony to click. If the result of the return is Stoudemire at the four close to the basket and Anthony at the three jacking up contested 20 footers — and we saw a lot of that — it’s not going to work. Then the Christmas present is a lump of coal.

The Knicks have a lot of the season to get this flowing. But adding a major component to a team already playing well can have unpredictable results.

  1. yousuxxors - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Woodson will make it work … They looked great under him last season even though it was 10 games. Stat and melo looked like they were feeding off each other and starting to gel under a non retarded d’atoni system. To bad injuries stopped them from playing together more. We need stat becayse then we wont rely to much on 3pointers and melo.

  2. badintent - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Kurt , what’s with all the negativity ? Been watching” Kelly’s Heroes” on the late night channels ? Lighten up, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry to hear your stocking is getting blacken, maybe you should stop giving out Martha Stewart stock tips for presents.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Kurt should just write for

      • badintent - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        Amen to that brother. Kurt still thinks Sonny Crockett is really his alter ego.

  3. kpatrick51 - Dec 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Man Kurt, your Knicks bashing is right up there with Barkley in terms of absurdity. Does the fact that they are currently 18-5 keep you up at night? We get it, the Heat are a better team. They are the defending champs. Must you bring them up in each and every Knicks article? Time will tell us whether or not Melo and STAT can truly coexist, but reading between the lines, it is blatantly obvious you want them to fail. Pretty weak coming from a “journalist”.

  4. dysraw1 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    can’t wait

  5. rj2323 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    This team can win it all best free agent pick up other than OJ Mayo Jason Kidd

  6. dysraw1 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    for the last time stop with the bull. gonna bring it,Melo been bringing it. we got three real deal point men. i don’t see the problem

  7. fanofevilempire - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Woody is running the team, not the other way around, I think Stat will come off the bench
    be the feature scorer of the second unit. We know what they can do without Stat, he has
    to do what Woody says anyway. Let’s see how it goes.

    I hope Melo is playing tonight!

  8. eflem80 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    8-2….that’s the only stat concerning Amare’s return that actually matters. Prior to that, there were D’antoni & really no PG. These will not be factors on THIS years team…..Knicks are actually gonna get even better.

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    In 2012, Mike D’Antoni’s record with the Knicks was 18-24 before he resigned. Mike Woodson took over and has gone 36-11 (his regular season record for both last year and this year). Over the course of 40-something games each, it appears Mike Woodson has made better use of the talent available. When STAT returns to the lineup, the logical presumption is that Woody will make better use of his talents too. When that happens, will Kurt’s next article be “Shumpert’s return may cause the Knicks to implode”?

    Yeah, right.

    When Woody has the entire team available, it’s the rest of the east that should be put on notice. Think I’m wrong? – ask Kobe.

    • badintent - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      you’re right ,Kurt will post “Knick team faces ultimate crisis” when Shum comes back.

      But please, let not ask Kobe anything, Vanessa is already doing that quite nicely all by herself.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    the wins against the Heat are moot? They will have even more offensive firepower and actually providing Chandler some weak side help defense and help on the boards makes the Heat even less likely to beat us.

  11. cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Welcome back Stat!

  12. cantonbound13 - Dec 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Just worry about your beloved Heat, Kurt. We’ll be fine. Try to figure how they can break 90 against the Knicks or get within 20.

  13. abasketballthing - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Stop bashing D’Antoni. He’s a great offensive coach who never got the players that fit his system. The Knicks roster has always been a much better fit for Woodson. If they had acquired Deron Williams or Chris Paul instead of Carmelo, they would’ve been just as successful.

    The Knicks’ current system is working very well, and STAT’s return will change that. There won’t be much space for Melo in the post. That, of course, doesn’t mean he’ll stop being effective, but he won’t be as dominant as he’s been so far. The team is likely to take a step back before getting better.

    • dysraw1 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      dude D’antoni was 1 of the worst leaders in knick history

  14. eflem80 - Dec 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Melo doesn’t work in the post….he works from the high post to the three point line. Also, the Knicks only weakness so far has been rebounding & dry spells on offense when Melo sits. Although Amare has never been known for his rebounding, he’s still good for 8 rebounds a game that they don’t get now & there is probably never gonna be a time when neither Amare or Melo won’t be on the floor. Adding Amare also will give the PG’s a whole other option on offense in the pick & roll…..the mere fact that Kidd (the smartest player in the league in my opinion) went to NY tells me that it can & will work.

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