The Knicks have decided that it's best for Amar'e Stoudemire to rest his oft-injured knees rather than participate in Hakeem Olajuwon's camp for big men, a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed.
Stoudemire worked on his post moves at Olajuwon's camp for two weeks last August. He was scheduled to do so again this month but plans have changed due to concerns over the health of his knees. The source with knowledge of the decision says there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire's knees. The source described the decision as precautionary. Due to previous knee troubles, Stoudemire will play with a minutes limit this season. He is expected to be capped at 20 minutes per game.
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"They just want him to be healthy for the season and to put him in position to have a successful season," the source said.
The New York Post first reported the news that Stoudemire would be skipping the camp. The source with knowledge of the talks stressed that nothing was set in stone at this point, but as of Friday afternoon, the plan was for Amar'e to skip the camp.
Stoudemire's co-agent, Travis King, told ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling that the plan is up in the air at this point. Stoudemire coached the Canadian team in the Maccabiah Games and is currently touring Israel.
"Not sure if he is still going," King said. "Waiting to meet with him once he returns from Israel."
Carmelo Anthony was expected to participate in the Hakeem Camp as well, but the source said that he is unlikely to do so.
Olajuwon has trained a myriad of players at his compound in Houston. He reportedly charges $50,000 per week for the training sessions.
Stoudemire's work with Olajuwon appeared to pay off last season. During his brief time on the floor, Stoudemire was effective in the post, averaging 14.2 points on five rebounds.
He was limited to just 29 games due to arthroscopic surgeries on his left and right knees to clear out debris.