Tuesday, October 29, 2013
STAT to suit up for season opener
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Amar'e Stoudemire will suit up for the Knicks' season opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday. But he might not play in the game.
Mike Woodson plans to huddle with Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin on Wednesday to discuss his plan to alternate both players on a game-to-game basis. Woodson hopes that alternating Stoudemire and Martin will help them stay healthy over the course of the season. If Stoudemire plays on Wednesday, Martin would play Thursday against Chicago.
While Amar'e Stoudemire will be in uniform on Wednesday when the Knicks open the season against the Bucks, he may not play.
New York has taken a cautious approach with both players in the preseason. Stoudemire underwent a knee procedure over the summer -- his third operation in the past 12 months -- and was limited to just 29 games in the regular season last season due to knee ailments. Martin is still feeling the effects of an ankle injury he suffered last April.
In an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show," Woodson said both Stoudemire and Martin will be limited to 10 to 15 minutes per game early in the season. If both players stay healthy, their minutes might grow as the season progresses.
MORE POST-UPS? The Knicks set an NBA record for 3-point attempts and makes last season. But it doesn't sound as if they're going to break their own record this year.
Woodson said Bargnani, World Peace, Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire could get opportunities in the post this season.
"We don't always have to live shooting 3-point shots," the coach said.
RING'S THE THING: Woodson was asked on Tuesday if he thought the Knicks had enough talent to compete for a title. His answer, not surprisingly, was affirmative.
"I think were solid enough to compete for one, absolutely. Until somebody dethrones the Miami Heat, everybody's still in the hunt, and I like to think that we're one of the teams that's going to be in the hunt," Woodson said. "I'm going to coach and push these guys in that direction and we'll see what happens."