While most New York Knicks players are working out and participating in scrimmages at the team’s training facility, Amar’e Stoudemire is not. According to ESPN, the team’s point guard Raymond Felton has said that Stoudemire is sitting the scrimmages out in order to prevent any kind of injury and to protect his knees.
“We don’t want to risk [injury]. Not in practice. We’d rather have them for the 82 [games] that we have coming up,” Felton said at an Under Armor-sponsored event at Macy’s in Manhattan.
“We really don’t need him to go as hard,” Felton said. “We need him to be there, as far as just seeing what’s going on. But as far as him going up and down banging, doing all that, we don’t want to risk that.”
Stoudemire played just 29 regular season games last season and the Knicks certainly hope that one of the best paid players in the NBA can offer them more this season.
Just like in his limited floor time last season, Stoudemire will be playing under a minute cap this year, likely playing no more than 20 minutes per game. As the big man has struggled mightily to stay healthy in the last couple of seasons, this is no longer a precaution but a necessity.
It’s no news that Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire have struggled to gel on the floor together, but Amar’e is skilled enough to be a major threat off the bench if he can remain healthy.