New York Knicks’ star power forward/center Amar’e Stoudemire had been battling knee and back injuries for the last couple of years.
After accepting a bench role this season in where Stoudemire was given the responsibility to lead the Knicks’ second team, “STAT” as many fans like to call him was taking advantage of his minutes. Amar’e Stoudemire, prior to his knee injury in March that sidelined the 10-year NBA veteran for six weeks played very well in 29 games off the bench. Amar’e Stoudemire averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds during that time.
After the knee surgery this past March, many fans questioned if Stoudemire will return the same player this year. We haven’t heard much of “STAT” lately until now.
According to Jonah Ballow’s Twitter account, the Knicks’ website content creator had mentioned that Amar’e Stoudemire is already participating in half court scrimmages.
Amar’e Stoudemire looks to return in Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals. According to Knicks’ coach Mike Woodson, Stoudemire would immediately become a valuable asset and will be one of the most used players for the stretch run.
When Stoudemire returns, it’s going to very interesting to see how coach Mike Woodson uses his big men. Nonetheless, it’s a good problem to have. The key to success is the bench in the playoffs… the deeper, the better.
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