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No, Amar’e Stoudemire has not yet been cleared for contact

Oct 18, 2013, 4:58 PM EST

Amar'e Stoudemire AP

The waiting is the hardest part….

At some point this season Amar’e Stoudemire will suit up and play for the Knicks. We swear. His minutes are going to be limited when he does, but he will get on the court. Eventually.

But for now, still no Stoudemire in Knicks preseason games as he has not yet been cleared for contact, coach Mike Woodson told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. Remember Stoudemire had another knee surgery this summer (one more and he fills out his punch card and gets a free frozen yogurt) and has not fully bounced back from that.

Stoudemire had hoped to get in some preseason games this season but that looks less and less likely.

More and more you have to think anything the Knicks get of quality out of Stoudemire this year is a bonus. They can’t count on it.

Which means they need to trust in Andrea Bargnani… that should be fun.

  1. neight33 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Your disdain for Bargs, is making your ability to be an objective blogger/writer. If he signed with the Heat, I assume it would be a great signing…

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Bargs is a below average shooter (look at the numbers the past couple years) who doesn’t defend or rebound and will make $23 million the next two years. He is a bad signing for every and any team.

      • casualcommenter - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Not really sure what part of your comment people are objecting too.

        His shooting numbers have been bad the past couple of years by any standard. He’s had just 1 season shooting better than 38% from 3 in his entire career. The numbers bear that out.

        His defense is legendary for being bad. He’s improved as a one-on-one defender, but he’s still lost when it comes to providing help defense, which is important for a power forward given their rim-protecting duties. The numbers back up this point as well.

        He’s never averaged 7 rebounds per game. Folks criticize Brook Lopez for being a bad rebounder, but he’s had a few seasons with 7+ rebounds per game. Again, this is a fact people can look up.

        And last, this wasn’t a “veteran minimum 1-year” signing by the Knicks in which case if they get any production, that’s a bonus. This guy is making $23 million over two years. If he’s unable to produce, the Knicks are stuck with him for at least 1 year, and maybe 2 if they can’t convince a team to take him as an expiring contract. Again, that’s a fact, not an opinion.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Bargnani is an average player getting paid like a top player.

  2. 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Contact? Isn’t “contact” in the NBA a foul? Or did they mean he’s not cleared for contact with the ball?

    • casualcommenter - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      “Isn’t contact in the NBA a foul.”

      …If you try watching the guy without the ball more often, you’ll notice players “boxing out” for rebounds and “setting screens” to help get guys open.

      Those are examples of contact that aren’t a foul, and power forwards/centers are expected to do a lot of both.

  3. somekat - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Has Amare been cleared for contact at any point in the last 8 years? If so, that doctor should be stripped of his license

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