Wednesday, March 27, 2013
STAT: Rehab is going well
By Ian Begley
Amar'e Stoudemire had surgery to clean out debris in his right knee a little over two weeks ago.
On Tuesday, he gave an update to his condition on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
"It's going well," said Stoudemire, who appeared on ESPN to promote his upcoming documentary, "Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment," which will premiere on EPIX on April 19, the eve of the playoffs.
"It's two weeks in now, so I've been able to really recover [and] feel the improvement daily, and I just hope that continues to be the case."
The Knicks hope that Stoudemire can return in a month and help them out in the playoffs.
Stoudemire needed eight weeks to get back on the floor after having a debridement surgery on his left knee, so there's no guarantee he can return in late April.
Another issue when considering Stoudemire's return is the rust factor.
Will Stoudemire be able to dominate in the post as soon as he hits the floor? Or will he need a few games to shake off the rust?
If he needs a few games to get his timing back, can the Knicks afford to give him that grace period during games they need to win?
Those are questions for another day, though.
For now, Stoudemire is rooting hard for the Knicks as they come down the home stretch of the regular season.
He just wishes he could suit up for their April 2 showdown in Miami, which could be shooting for its 31st straight win.
"I wish I was out there. This is what I live for; it truly is," Stoudemire said. "If I was playing, I'd just go inside and just establish myself in the interior and see if they can stop that."
HOWARD NAMED MSG PREZ: Dave Howard is the new president of MSG Sports. He replaces Scott O'Neill, who left the organization last summer.
Howard will be responsible for running the business operations of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Liberty and Hartford Whale, as well as the management of the company's Sports Properties unit.
Howard previously spent two decades with the Mets. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of business operations for the Mets.
KNICKS TO HONOR TITLE TEAM: The Knicks will honor the 40th anniversary of the 1972-73 NBA championship team on April 5, when the Knicks take on the Bucks.
In a halftime ceremony, the team will honor several members from the 1972-73 team, including Phil Jackson, Willis Reed, Clyde Frazier and Bill Bradley.