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Stoudemire sits outs scrimmages

9/23/2013

NEW YORK -- Most New York Knicks are participating in scrimmages at the team's training facility.

But not Amar'e Stoudemire.

The Knicks forward has been working out at the facility but has opted against taking part in scrimmages to protect his oft-injured knees, teammate Raymond Felton said.

To Felton, Stoudemire is taking a wise approach.

"We don't want to risk [injury]. Not in practice. We'd rather have them for the 82 [games] that we have coming up," Felton said at an Under Armor-sponsored event at Macy's in Manhattan.

Stoudemire will be on a minutes limit this season to protect his knees. He likely will play no more than 20 minutes a night. Last season, he was limited to just 29 regular-season games due to debridement surgeries on both of his knees.

It's unclear, at this point, whether the Knicks' coaching staff will choose to start Stoudemire or bring him off of the bench.

Felton said there is no need for Stoudemire to exert himself during the team's seven-day training camp, which starts on Tuesday.

"We really don't need him to go as hard," Felton said. "We need him to be there, as far as just seeing what's going on. But as far as him going up and down banging, doing all that, we don't want to risk that."

Ray says Knicks are "younger": Felton says injuries to older veterans Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas hurt the team last season. He believes that the Knicks' younger roster will help them late in the 2013-14 campaign.

"We’re a younger team this year," Felton said. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani. Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great, by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger.

“No knock to the guys we had last year … [but being younger] is going to help us later in the season.”

Ray's lighter, quicker: Felton reiterated that he is about 10 pounds lighter than he was at the end of last season.

He says his lighter frame has translated to success on the court.

"I feel like I'm back to my old self when I was here the first time [in 2010-11]. Just the way I've been moving on the court playing, I feel really good," Felton said. "It just gives me extra confidence; hopefully that helps us as a team."

Felton talks roots, success: Felton was at Macy's as part of an Under Armor panel to discuss the key to success for young athletes.

Felton works closely with a youth athletes as the founder of a grassroots basketball program.

He said the one piece of advice that he'd offer to young athletes is simple: "I'll tell them I've been in your shoes before. I've been in the same position. And if you want to be good, you have to put in the time. You've gotta work."

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