STAT to return Tuesday vs. Bobcats

NEW YORK -- Amar'e Stoudemire will return to the court Tuesday against Charlotte after sitting out Sunday's game against the Timberwolves.

The Knicks are taking a precautionary approach with the 30-year-old Stoudemire.

The medical staff has advised Mike Woodson to limit Stoudemire to 10 minutes per game. Same goes for forward Kenyon Martin.

Stoudemire has undergone three knee procedures in the last 12 months. Martin is dealing with a lingering ankle injury, which he first suffered last April.

Woodson plans to alternate Stoudemire and Martin on back-to-back sets. He may alternate them on a game-to-game basis. Stoudemire is sitting out Sunday after playing on Thursday night.

"They’re both going to get a schedule for the rest of the month in terms of how it’s going to play out," Woodson said before Sunday's game. "When there’s a couple of days in between, I have the right to play both of them."

Stoudemire has said that his sporadic playing schedule makes it difficult to develop a rhythm on the court.

He had five points on 2-for-3 shooting in 11 minutes in his season debut against Chicago.

"Sure, it's tough for both of them," Woodson said of Martin and Stoudemire. "My hands are tied too. When the medical people release these guys and say that their minutes are ready to go up then I'll be the first one to give them more minutes. But right now I can't do it."

WOODSON RECALLS BELLAMY AS "ONE OF THE GREATEST": Former Knicks center Walt Bellamy died on Saturday. Knicks coach Mike Woodson knew Bellamy because both men played at Indiana University and spent time in Atlanta.

Woodson on Sunday remembered Bellamy as "one of the greatest to ever play the game."

"He was an amazing big. One of the greatest big men that's ever graced our game. (It's unfortunate) because I just saw him over the latter part of the summer. He's going to be deeply missed," the coach said.

Bellamy played parts of four season with the Knicks and left New York as the key part of the blockbuster trade that brought the team Dave DeBusschere. He won a gold medal with the men's Olympic team in 1960. Bellamy averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA

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