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Stoudemire thinks maybe he could be ready for opening night

Oct 8, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Amar’e Stoudemire had another knee surgery this summer and as of last weekend didn’t have a timetable on when he could even start running again. He’s out for the first three preseason games at least, but we know it will be more than that.

However, Stoudemire is still optimistic he can be there when the Knicks tip off the season in a couple weeks.

Here’s a tweet from Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

I like that Stoudemire thinks that — he should be confident. I seriously doubt coach Mike Woodson thinks those same thoughts.

Woodson knows when he needs Stoudemire is April, not November, and he can’t get caught up in pushing the player’s body now. Let him get healthy and maybe he can give you 20 quality minutes a night when you need it. The East is stacked at the top this season and if the Knicks are going to take a step forward off last season they are going to need Stoudemire and a lot of other things to click come the playoffs.

  1. clownsfan - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Made of glass

  2. lenbias34pt - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The Knicks are a better team when Stoudemire does not play.

    The popular opinion among NBA fans is that scorers are the key to wins. It’s the teams that do all the things Stoudemire doesn’t do that win……..sadly Stooudemire and Mello don’t grasp that they will never win unless they defend and hustle.

    I can’t stand Lebron, but the guy plays great D and hustles…….and thus the rest of the Heat gives great effort. The Knicks have more ‘talent’ than the Heat, but the Heat (and i’m cringing here) play smarter and with more heart.
    Woodson won’t last the season with these 2 cancers.

    • zerole00 - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      I don’t like Carmelo, but I think you’re a bit harsh on his play. I won’t argue his effort level since it’s definitely not on the level of LeBron or Kobe, but he’s very dominant at the 4. A big problem with the Knick’s offense though is they have Carmelo, Smith (whose on and off), and then…who else?

      The Knicks definitely don’t have as much talent as the Heat, or at least last season they didn’t.

      • lenbias34pt - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        I do agree at times (more than not even) Mello plays aggressive no nonsense D, but if he is missing his shots or God forbid he isn’t getting his shots he sulks and does not give the effort needed.
        For Mello it’s always something other than him. It’s the coach, it’s the talent around him, it’s the offense. The fact is he has had the talent around him and he has played under well respected coaches and he consistently comes up empty come playoff time.

        Melo come into this league as THE greatest natural talent, but while the greats improve every off season melo hasn’t lifted a weight or worked on his game.

        It can be argued Tyson Chandler, Melo and A’mare have as much talent as the Heat big 3, and Felton, Inman, JR are superior to the Heat second tier.

  3. balfe13 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    …people who say Melo doesn’t care about defense are clearly basing that claim on watching him (and/or listening to lazy media analysis) from a few years ago. He has given solid defensive effort on a regular basis for the past two years. Does he sometimes get frustrated and lapse on the defensive end? Of course he does. But to put him and Amar’e in the same league defensively is absurd.
    With that said, the Knicks are better with Amar’e out. They should’ve used the amnesty provision on him instead of Chauncey Billups.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      His defensive effort was better the first half of last season, but don’t confuse that with him being at all good on that end of the court. And his effort waned. That comes from watching a lot of Knicks games.

  4. 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    “Stoudemire thinks maybe he could be ready for opening night”

    Should read:
    “Stoudemire thinks maybe he could be ready for opening night, but will likely be injured by the 3rd quarter again, and will return in time to ruin the playoffs”

  5. zerole00 - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Okay I gotta ask, is Stoudemire coming back actually a good thing? He plays best at the 4, and Carmelo’s better at the 4 than he is.

    • 950003cups - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      What’s “the 4”?

  6. cruzan80 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    If you truly watched a lot of Knick games you would know that Melo gave just as much effort defensively as most “superstar” players do in the league. To call him a bad defensive player or to lack in hustle today is just plain ignorant. The guy cut his finger open diving into the crowd for a loose ball…..that don’t happen if your lazy on defense or lacking hustle. In any case….the Knicks need to go about their business as if Amare isn’t even on the team. Nothing should be planed around him. If he plays….cool…..if he doesn’t….it won’t matter.

  7. cruzan80 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    “The 4” is Power Forward.

  8. thebigcaptain2011 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    At this point of his career he is no more than a twenty a minute a game player. He may still miss half of the season regardless. He cannot be relied upon for a major role under nor circumstances.

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