Friday, January 11, 2013
Notes: Stoudemire's first back to back
By Ian Begley
In a positive development in his comeback from left knee surgery, Amar'e Stoudemire is playing Friday night in the second game of a back-to-back for the first time this season.
That Stoudemire played tonight is an indication that his knee is feeling strong.
Mike Woodson previously stated that Stoudemire would likely sit out the second game of a back to back.
But Stoudemire said after Thursday's game in Indiana that his knee felt fine. So he's back in the lineup, coming off the bench against the Bulls.
Injuries to Marcus Camby (out 2-4 weeks with sprained left plantar fascia) and Rasheed Wallace (stress reaction in left foot), make Stoudemire's presence on Friday all the more important.
He had 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds in the Knicks' loss to Indy on Thursday, his fifth game back following a left knee debridement on Oct. 31.
Woodson said he gave no consideration to starting Stoudemire against Chicago. Stoudemire is on a minutes limit of 20-23, per the Knicks medical staff. Woodson said he wouldn't consider starting Stoudemire until his minutes restriction is lifted.
BREWER BENCHED: Woodson started James White at shooting guard over the struggling Ronnie Brewer on Friday. Brewer had 0 points and one assist in eight minutes against Indy on Thursday. He's averaging just three points per game in his last six and had started in all but one of the Knicks' games thus far.
"Ronnie’s been struggling a little bit. I’ve got to help him. I don’t know if I’m helping him by not letting him start tonight," Woodson said. "He’ll rebound. He’ll be back. I’m searching too. That’s what coaches do."
IMAN MAY NOT GO TO LONDON: Woodson said rehabbing second-year guard Iman Shumpert may stay in New York next week while the Knicks go to London to play the Pistons on Jan. 17. The Knicks are scheduled to practice just once in London so Shumpert may hang back to practice with the Knicks' D League team, the Erie BayHawks.
ADDING AN FA? With Camby and Wallace out, the Knicks may turn to the free-agent market to find a veteran big man.
A league source confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Tuesday that the Knicks had discussed the possibility of adding 35-year-old free agent Kenyon Martin.
The Knicks, according to a league source, had not reached out to Martin's representatives as of Friday evening. Woodson dismissed the Knicks' interest in Martin.
When asked about the possibility of New York (23-12) adding a free agent on Friday, Woodson said the team would "sit tight" for the time being.
"I haven’t had a chance to talk to Glen and ownership about that. Right now we’re just going to sit tight and let it play out and see where are," Woodson said. ... Tyson Chandler is playing with a sore neck against Chicago.