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"A lot of talent and depth," Woodson told reporters, according to Newsday, after a Knicks practice in Toronto on Tuesday. "If we're able to stay healthy and there's no setbacks, we got a lot of depth."
The health of all three Knicks will be paramount for the team’s success this season. Stoudemire has had three knee procedures in a year. The big man came out of the 10-minute scrimmage feeling good.
“I felt extremely strong," Stoudemire said, according to the paper. "My legs may be as strong as they've ever been before. I felt no discomfort at all. I felt no pain at all. So great, great sign."
The Knicks are cautiously moving forward with Stoudemire and Martin, who has been icing his left ankle throughout camp. It’s likely that both will not play in either of the Knicks’ remaining two preseason games: at Milwaukee on Wednesday and against Charlotte on Friday.
But the regular-season opener remains a possibility for both big men.
"That's the goal," Stoudemire said. "I didn't play the opener last year. I want to get out there and see what I can do. If I keep improving and my body keeps getting stronger, we'll see how it goes."
Woodson also said Martin and Stoudemire will not play in back-to-back games.
Woodson allowed that Smith could play Friday at the Garden, if there’s no swelling or pain in his left knee, which has undergone two surgeries in the offseason
"The way J.R. moved it's like he hasn't missed a beat," Woodson said.
If Smith is healthy, he still can’t play right away as he has to serve a five-game suspension for violating terms of the NBA’s anti-drug policy. The shooter can return as early as Nov. 10 against the Spurs.
"No minute restrictions," Smith said after practice. "When I come back I want to be able to go out there full strength, full head of steam with no restrictions. If I'm under restrictions I'm not at the best ability to help the team."
One week before the Knicks open their season, Mike Woodson had Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin participate in a team scrimmage for the first time this preseason.