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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  9 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Makes His Return (VIDEO)

His knee felt “phenomenal” after the game.

A very emotional Amar’e Stoudemire re-joined the New York Knicks after two of rehab following left knee surgery. Unfortunately for STAT, the visiting Portland Trailblazers ruined the evening by taking home a tough 105-101 road win. Per the NY Daily News: “The Knicks (21-10) struggled with their revamped lineup, falling behind by 19 in the first half before their furious rally fell short when Carmelo Anthony missed a three-point try with 15.9 seconds left that would have tied the game. Anthony scored 45 points after sitting out two games with a sore left knee. There were moments late in the fourth quarter when Anthony appeared to be limping, but he clearly didn’t miss a beat despite not playing for seven days. Stoudemire, however, performed like someone who hadn’t appeared in an NBA game since last May and spent the past two months recovering from knee surgery. Stoudemire missed his first five shots, including several bunnies, and was lost defensively. Woodson limited Stoudemire to 17 minutes and kept him on the bench for the final 10. ‘I was nervous,’ said Stoudemire, who came off the bench for the first time since Nov. 4, 2006. ‘My heart was beating fast. I had butterflies in my stomach. I felt like a rookie again.’ [...] Stoudemire scored six points – one layup and two dunks – after being shut out in the first half. He was greeted with a standing ovation upon entering with 3:31 left in the first quarter. ‘I almost shed a tear when I walked on the court,’ said Stoudemire, who had left knee surgery on Oct. 31. ‘It was a phenomenal feeling. It was great to see the fans were patient for me.’ Stoudemire intends to practice on Wednesday and believes it will take ‘five to 10 games’ to return to form. With 51 games left, there is plenty of time and plenty of room for improvement. On Tuesday, Stoudemire and Anthony played 11 minutes and 21 seconds together and the Knicks were outscored by eight. ‘The game seemed to be going 100 miles per hour,’ Stoudemire said. ‘I was a little rusty. My second half was better than my first half and hopefully my second game will be better than my first.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    sigh…he got me -6 fantasy points

  • spit hot fiyah

    let’s see how long before those standing o’s turn into boo’s

  • The Philosopher

    Hopefully, he’ll be fine.
    If they all can figure it out, the Knicks are very, very dangerous. Teams would have to be concerned about the Knicks come Playoff time.
    Especially with an 80% healthy Stoudemire helping man the second unit.

  • Seth

    I read the fans booed at the end of the game. Didn’t take long.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    At some point the Knicks will have to start Amar’e. They can dance around the topic all they want but if the Knicks want to be taken seriously as a title contender they have to figure out a way for Stat and Melo to play efficiently as a one two punch rather then individually. its like what Barkley said “if you live by the 3, you die by the 3″ the Knicks bombing 40 3′s a night is cool for now but its a formula that is not conducive to winning basketball in the playoffs.

  • Max

    Welcome back.

  • Ugh

    They’re Knicks fans. They’d boo the end of a championship parade.

  • Ugh

    His lift looked good. His defence, as usual, looked appalling. He’s the worst defender I’ve ever seen in my life.

  • AQWORD

    not suprised. He – they stunk.

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