Sunday, December 16, 2012
Notebook: Stoudemire, Shumpert test knees
By Ian Begley
Amar'e Stoudemire went through another strenuous workout before the Knicks' game against the Cavaliers on Saturday.
He worked for about 45 minutes with Knicks assistant coach LaSalle Thompson on drills in the post.
Stoudemire went through a series of post moves with Thompson, a strong defender during his NBA days, guarding him. Those moves included a few drop-steps dunks.
Stoudemire's movements looked fluid. It seems like he's gaining explosiveness in his surgically repaired left knee. It is unclear, though, when he will return to practice.
Also, guard Iman Shumpert was seen cutting in defensive slides and driving hard to the basket before the Cavs game. Shumpert, working with Knicks trainer Dave Hanccok, was finishing with dunks and layups. The explosiveness and ability to cut are good signs for Shumpert in his rehabilitation for ACL surgery.
He hopes to return in January.
PRICES NO LONGER LINSANE: According to the website Tiqiq.com, which tracks ticket price listings on the secondary market, tickets for Jeremy Lin's return to Madison Square Garden on Monday are priced in line with any other Knicks home game this year. Which means they are expensive.
The average ticket price for Knicks-Rockets on secondary markets is $329.63, which is similar to the average current ticket price for $326.17.
At the peak of Linsanity last season, the Knicks average home ticket price was $491.65.