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Stoudemire practices with Knicks but sits out scrimmages

Sep 24, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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

New York is going to great lengths to protect the knees of Amar’e Stoudemire.

He is in New York and working out at the team facility with his fellow teammates in advance of training camp opening next week — but when the scrimmages start he sits them out, reports Ian Begley at ESPNNewYork.com.

The reason is to protect those fragile knees, and Raymond Felton said he is good with it.

“We don’t want to risk [injury]. Not in practice. We’d rather have them for the 82 [games] that we have coming up,” Felton said at an Under Armor-sponsored event at Macy’s in Manhattan.

Coach Mike Woodson has already said Stoudemire will be on a minute limit during games, likely 20 per contest.

If in those limited minutes he can contribute as he did in the 29 games he played last season — 14.2 points on 57.7 percent shooting, plus five rebounds a game with a PER of 22.1 — he would be a huge boost off the bench for the Knicks. The Knicks had to lean heavily on J.R. Smith to provide scoring when the starters sat last season, Stoudemire could be another scoring threat.

But when they really need him healthy and contributing is the playoffs — the East is top-heavy this season and it will not be easy to get past the second round (or maybe even the first). The Knicks need to protect Stoudemire’s knees now and in the season to have him ready for when it matters.

Felton is right — what exactly is the point of Stoudemire playing in scrimmages now?

  1. brickzflair - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Wait, Kurt Helin agrees with Ray Felton? I am absolutely shocked that Kurt Helin isnt rooting for Amare to blow his knees out again and more importantly for more Knicks fan misery as he usually does… what a lowlife, joke of a journalist

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      Says the guy who comes to my site and reads my work. Thank you for your patronage.

  2. aaronalexander23 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Go Knicks.

  3. hildezero - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    That’s why the Suns departed ways with him, because of this. He could’ve really helped the Knicks if it wasn’t for his injuries. But there was great moments with him wearing the REAL orange. Ahh… Good times. Good luck, Amare’e. Get well.

  4. lakerade - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Chemistry. Flow. Rhythm. Those are the things that don’t happen when Amare sits out. But no matter, he doesn’t really factor in anymore with the chronically bad knees. This is a desperate move in hopes being fresh makes a difference for Amare, but if that possible late season/postseason flare of productivity does come, this will be worth it. More likely though, he’s Kenyon Martin, except he’s on a roster.

  5. dysraw1 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    STAT still has his work cut out for the up coming season, rhythm and timing has to improve dramatically. confidence is another factor, after along time not going against the big boys. i want Woody to start him and play him the first 5 min. of every qtr. if he has something left that’s a sure fire way to know. plus it shows confidence. ever since he entered the league he has been a go hard type, ask D Wade what it does to your knees. still he’s only 30 yrs. old

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