So we’ve been anticipating Amar’e Stoudemire’s return to the Knicks for weeks now.
When he was cleared to practice, there were reports about him returning the weekend before Christmas. A report last month had him returning on Christmas. Those were actually on schedule from his original prognosis as he was supposed to miss six to eight weeks after he had surgery on November 1st.
Now? We finally get a specific date from Stoudemire on when he could return.
Here’s Al Iannazzone from NewsDay:
Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a realistic target date for his season debut following knee surgery.
He said Jan. 1, 2013 is “a possibility.” It’s the first time Stoudemire has used a specific date. Of course, it depends on how his knee feels after some practices when the Knicks return home from this trip.
Where his role will be is still undetermined. The Knicks had been doing fine without him at 20-8 (although the Knicks have lost three of their last five games). New York actually tried to trade him in the offseason but failed. No team would trade for his huge contract, declining athleticism, and health problems.
Stoudemire is making $19 million this season. While he’s saying all the right things about just wanting to win, he’s getting paid way too much in terms of playing a more limited role than he’s used to. Nevertheless, head coach Mike Woodson may have no choice but to make it work between Carmelo Anthony and Amaré.
Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 boards last season though those numbers looked a little deceptive as he couldn’t get much lift off the ground. Hopefully, he can adjust his game enough to where he can be productive and able to mesh his game with Melo.
The Knicks lost to the Lakers last night, 100-94. They take on the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.