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Stoudemire, Smith to sit out Knicks first three preseason games

Oct 7, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

Amar'e Stoudemire AP

The Knicks have a couple guys coming off injuries who they will need as much of as they can get in the regular season — Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith.

Those same Knicks are on the road for the next six games this preseason — against Boston in Rhode Island, Toronto in Toronto, Boston now in New Hampshire, then the Wizards and Raptors on their hone courts, followed by Milwaukee in Green Bay.

Put those first two paragraphs together and you get Knicks coach Mike Woodson making it official he will sit Stoudemire, Smith and also Jeremy Taylor for the first three preseason games at least, reports Adam Zagoria on twitter.

This is really not unexpected, it’s just now official.

Smith is recovering from knee surgery this summer (not done until after he signed his new contract). The hope is Smith could be back and ready to go opening night so that the clock starts on his five-game suspension for failing a league marijuana test (for a third time). A league doctor will determine if he was ready to go and if so the clock starts on the five games. If not, everything waits on the doc’s clearance.

Stoudemire will be on a minute limit and likely will still miss time this year. They will need him more in the playoffs in a deep East, so what is the point of preseason run for him?

Taylor also missing the games was expected. He had foot surgery in early September expected to keep him out two months. His roster spot is not guaranteed (only $100,000 of his deal is) so missing time is far less than ideal for him as well.

  1. garryfish - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Isn’t it Tyler

  2. datcrazybok - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I think I’m finally convinced that Steve Nash made A’mare look much better than he really was.

    • beagle11 - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      This is a foolish comment, Amare was a front runner for MVP of the league before the Knicks acquired Melo just before the trade deadline in 2010-11. The trade has been followed by a calamity of injuries and bad luck. its beginning to be sad how much this guy works to get back, just to be re-injured.

      • datcrazybok - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        He’s an okay player, I’m not denying that. But I just don’t see him at the level he’s presented as. A top 10 player? No. Definitely not. Top 25, Maybe? Debatable. I’d have to go throught he list in my head. But, he’s definitely not any sort of max contract player, in my mind.

        You don’t think playing with Nash at the point did anything at all to help Stoudamire look better than he actually is? I think that’s a foolish comment, if that’s what you’re saying.

    • beagle11 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      He’s not the same player anymore. He can’t stay healthy. But his best season was his first with Knicks. Before Melo came he was playing like a top 5 player in the league. And that’s not an exaggeration!

    • beagle11 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      And yes of course playing with Nash helped him, but he played at an MVP level the one year he was healthy without him.

  3. beagle11 - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    This is a foolish comment, Amare was a front runner for MVP of the league before the Knicks acquired Melo just before the trade deadline in 2010-11. The trade has been followed by a calamity of injuries and bad luck. its beginning to be sad how much this guy works to get back, just to be re-injured.

  4. dysraw1 - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    im sure this guy needs to work on some things before the year starts. look he’s either gonna be there when the post season starts or he’s not. you can’t think that by not playing him early that he will be available come playoff time. come on i respect and trust his injuries are or was valid but enough with the kid gloves

  5. yousuxxors - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    stat had his best year without Nash

    • beagle11 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      My point exactly

    • datcrazybok - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      What measuring stick are you using? He didn’t score more than his best year in Phoenix, didn’t shoot better, didn’t rebound more. If you’re using 3-point percentage or his whopping career high of 2.6 assists, then sure he did.

  6. csbanter - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    This is not news, the Knicks figure they are good enough to win just by showing up. They have a division title hangover. look at the moves they made.

  7. thebigcaptain2011 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    A mare’s contract was a disaster, just admit it Knicks fans. Yeah, he did play well in that half a season before Melo got there. And? Wasn’t he acquired to be a franchise player for more than 3 months? Wasn’t Melo traded for to form a super power? I hear Knicks fans complain about Lin’s contract but at least he’s available to play most of the time and it’s only for three seasons. The question I have is :What do you do with his experience contract?

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