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Sunday, April 8, 2012
LJ hopes to give Amare back advice

By Ian Begley

Larry Johnson knows all about back injuries.

Chronic back problems ultimately forced the former Knick to retire from the NBA.

Now that he's back with the Knicks, working in business and basketball operations, Johnson hopes to give Amare Stoudemire some advice on playing with back pain.

Stoudemire is expected to be out 1-3 weeks with a bulging disk in his lower back.

"I would like to talk to Amare and just get his symptoms .... and get what he's going through," Johnson said.

Stoudemire continues to undergo treatment on the bulging disk in his back. He received an epidural shot shortly after being sidelined with the injury in an attempt to ease the pain and swelling and has worked with team trainers on strengthening the muscles around the injured area.

He was shooting around on Sunday before the Knicks-Bulls game, wearing a hooded sweatshirt to honor Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood crime volunteer. He has gone through a similar pre-game routine over the past three games. But on Sunday he cut and even dunked during warmups.

Mike Woodson had no update on Stoudemire's timetable for return.

"He's just rehabbing, that's all it is right now," Woodson said of Stoudemire, who hasn't spoken to reporters since suffering the injury. "Things seems to be going smoothly. There hadn't been any setbacks or anything like that as far as I know of. I'm pleased with where he is. I think he's pleased with where he is. How long he's going to be before he gets back on the floor, that I don't know. I have no idea."

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