Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 8:40 pm  |  10 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Cleared to Return to Practice

by Yaron Weitzman / @YaronWeitzman

The question as to what Knicks coach Mike Woodson will do with his lineup when Amar’e Stoudemire comes back on the floor will be answered soon.

Speaking to reporters prior to the Knicks’ Monday night game against the Rockets, Woodson said Stoudemire would practice with the Knicks’ D-League team on Wednesday (the Knicks aren’t scheduled to practice on Tuesday) and, assuming there are no setbacks, with the Knicks on Thursday. Woodson, however, was cautions about setting a timetable for Stoudemire’s full return to the court, saying he wanted to evaluate the 6-11 forward on a day-by-day basis.

“The practices have to go in his favor,” Woodson said. “I don’t want him coming to me after tomorrow’s practice and him say, ‘Coach I’m hurt and I’m sore.’ You’ve got to evaluate it and still take it a day at a time.

“I’m not going to rush him back. He’s got to be ready. I’m waiting on him to tell me he’s ready to go.”

Stoudemire hasn’t practiced since having surgery on his left knee in early November, though he has been doing individual drills before Knicks games with assistant coach LaSalle Thompson.

Woodson has also yet to say what he plans on doing with his lineup—specifically with Carmelo Anthony—once Stoudemire returns.

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  • Caboose

    Bring him off the bench and net him a 6th man of the year.

  • the_unknown

    well there goes the knicks amazing run… it was good while it lasted

  • Batman

    oh ooh..

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I’m confused, why would he practice with the D -League first? Why not just with the regular team? I could understand if they wanted him to play a game with the D-League first. To test in game standards. But, we’re talking about practice.

  • Shifty

    If you read the passage it says the knicks are not scheduled to practice, and since he is cleared for practice he is going to practice with the D-League.

  • danpowers

    a team that plays the right way wont get blown up by just one new player no matter what his role was/is. mind my words, you read it here first

  • roscoe

    does NY have an amnesty available?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    He rolling with the d league lol

  • MikeC.

    Nope. Used it on Billups to free cap space to sign Chandler.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    damn, I hate looking foolish