Amar'e Stoudemire: I'm not injured
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Just as center Tyson Chandler is nearing a return to game action, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he's lost another big man, with Amar'e Stoudemire sidelined "a while" due to swelling in his surgically repaired knee.
However, Stoudemire contradicted the notion he will be out an extended period, tweeting that he's not making the trip to Milwaukee, where the Knicks play Wednesday, because of playing in five games last week and in six in nine days overall.
At the end of his session with reporters after Tuesday's practice, Woodson was discussing what Chandler's return could add to the Knicks, when he mentioned in his final answer to a question that Stoudemire would be out for an unspecified period.
"Amar'e's going to be out a while," Woodson said. "I don't know, but he won't play tomorrow. Kenyon [Martin] is out as well. Hopefully, Tyson feels good after tonight, will be able to get back in uniform.
"For us to get out of this hole, it's going to take a total team effort, and hopefully we'll eventually get everybody back."
When asked why Stoudemire will be sidelined, Woodson said the "knee has swelled up a little bit."
The Knicks (7-17) certainly don't need any more injuries, or any more controversy.
The team is coming off Monday's 102-101 loss to Washington, a game the Knicks mismanaged at the end. Woodson conceded afterward that he should have called a timeout to set up a final play with 6.9 seconds left. Instead, the Knicks inbounded the ball and Carmelo Anthony dribbled upcourt before missing an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.
"Bad coaching," said Woodson, who repeated that he should have used one of his three remaining timeouts and set up a play. "We made a lot of bad mistakes coming down the stretch. It happens [sometimes]. And I don't mean that in just a blow-off way."
Stoudemire and Martin (strained abdominal muscle) are both out against the Bucks. The Knicks said Tuesday that Martin will miss at least another two weeks after an MRI confirmed a strained abdominal muscle. The team already is without point guards Raymond Felton (strained hamstring) and Pablo Prigioni (fractured toe) for a couple of weeks.
Chandler went through 3-on-3 contact Tuesday during practice, and the Knicks will make a decision on his availability before Wednesday's game.
Stoudemire, 31, who had three surgical procedures on his knees in a span of 12 months, the most recent coming this past offseason, played 19 minutes and missed 6 of 7 shots in finishing with four points and four rebounds against Washington. He'd been playing well of late, averaging 14.6 points and 25.4 minutes in five games last week.
But he logged his most minutes of the season in three consecutive games last week while playing in two back-to-back sets over five nights. He played 27 minutes against Cleveland last Tuesday and followed that with 30 minutes against Chicago the next night. Two days later, Stoudemire played 30 minutes again against Boston before logging 19 minutes against Atlanta the next night.
Woodson has said Stoudemire is no longer under the minutes restriction placed on the forward at the start of the season, and because he is sitting out against Milwaukee, Stoudemire will have four days off before the Knicks host Memphis on Saturday.
Chandler has been out since suffering a small displaced fracture of his right fibula Nov. 5 against Charlotte. The timetable for his recovery was four to six weeks, and Tuesday marked the sixth week. He has missed 20 games.
"Feeling good out there," Chandler said after practice. "Now I'll sleep on it and talk to Coach tomorrow, go from there. We'll see how I feel in the morning. I was pretty confident out there moving around with the guys and banging, really not having any setbacks."
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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