STAT: I will 'be back soon'

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire went through shooting and conditioning drills on Tuesday before the Knicks flew to Charlotte for their game against the Bobcats.

After the workout -- one of several he's gone through in recent days -- Stoudemire wrote on Twitter that he'd "be back soon."

Just when that is, of course, is unclear at the moment.

According to a source who spoke with ESPNNewYork's Jared Zwerling, Stoudemire is targeting a return somewhere near Christmas Day. Stoudemire spoke briefly with reporters prior to Sunday's game and said "we'll see" when someone mentioned the Christmas return.

The Knicks play in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Dec. 25.

Stoudemire underwent a debridement on his left knee on Oct. 31 and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. So a Christmas return would fall within that timetable.

We should get a better idea on Stoudemire's return once he hits the practice court with his teammates and takes contact in scrimmages.

WOODY NOT WORRIED ABOUT AWARDS: Some Knicks fans were upset that Brooklyn's Avery Johnson won the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month Award over Mike Woodson on Monday.

But Woodson wasn't too worried about it.

"I'm not into accolades, I'm all about trying to win an NBA title and winning our division and trying to host first round at home when we start the playoffs," Woodson said after Tuesday's practice. "Congratulations to Avery. But it's what it is man, I just like being where we are as a team. That's what it's all about."

BREWER SAYS SHEED IS COACH ON THE FLOOR: The casual fan NBA fan probably looks at Rasheed Wallace as a technical foul machine. But Ronnie Brewer said on Anthony Donahue's "The Knicks Blog" Internet radio show that Wallace is much more than simply a player who struggles to control his temper.

"He's an extension of the coach. (He does) a lot that doesn't show up in the stat (sheet). He talks on and off the court and he really heightens our awareness on defense and allows us to be a better team," Brewer said of Wallace, who was thrown out after just 85 seconds on the court on Sunday against Phoenix after he received two technical fouls.

"I think a lot of times (referees) can be a little tough on him."