Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Opening Tip: Will STAT stay healthy?
By Ian Begley
Whenever someone asked Amar'e Stoudemire about his knee injuries over the past couple seasons, he'd respond something like this: "I'm confident that I can come back and be better than I was before."
But something seems to have changed for Stoudemire over the summer.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the six-time All-Star seemed resigned to the fact that knee injuries will hinder him until he retires.
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"Right now, unfortunately my career has been somewhat tainted by injuries the last few years," Stoudemire said. "Now, it’s a matter of trying to maintain strength and health, to have some solid and productive years. I do still want to reach my full potential. I still have room to improve as a player. My career isn’t over yet. So with that being said, we’re just taking precautionary measures to make sure that I’m able to play at a high level."
Given the state of Stoudemire's knees, playing at a "high level" seems like a remote possibility at this point.
The 11-year veteran underwent two knee debridements last season and a "minor procedure" over the summer.
He hasn't been participating in any basketball activities, and it's unclear when he'll start to do so in training camp.
"The whole objective is to prolong my career, my season, to make sure I’m ready for the postseason when it really counts. That’s the whole goal," he said.
Which brings us to today's question: Given his recurring knee issues, what do you expect from Amar'e Stoudemire this season? Will he play a full season? 50 games?
Elsewhere on the blog, president and GM Steve Mills says he has no plans to hire Isiah Thomas and explains why owner and MSG CEO James Dolan decided to hire him. Lastly, J.R. Smith talks about his decision to delay knee surgery until after he signed with the Knicks.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will hold their first full practice on Tuesday morning. I'll be there for us. Keep an eye on the blog for updates throughout the day, including an item at noon on Andrea Bargnani's health.
QUESTION: Given his recurring knee issues, what do you expect from Amar'e Stoudemire this season? Will he play a full season? 50 games?