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Woodson confirms Stoudemire to have minutes limit

Jul 11, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Reuters

The New York Knicks will have Amar’e Stoudemire back next season… but kind of as a part time guy.

The minute limit that Stoudemire was on at the end of last season to keep his knees healthy after coming back from surgery will continue into the next season, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said to the New York Post.

The Knicks had talked about a 20-minute cap limit on the forward, and they also discussed limiting his playing in back-to-back games.

“Right now, as it stands, he’s going to be on some restrictions,’’ Woodson said. “What those restrictions will be, I don’t know yet.’’

This isn’t a big hit as the Knicks essentially played last season without Stoudemire.

The problem is if the Knicks are going to take a step forward to compete with the Heat, Pacers, Bulls and the others at the top of the East they are going to need more out of guys who didn’t contribute as much before. The Knicks have not been in a financial position to add players so they neeed more from guys on the roster.

Stoudemire could be one of those guys who boosts the Knicks talent level, but now he’s going to have to do it in 20 minutes a game. Which is not going to be much.

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