Apr 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) adjust his goggles during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 113-112. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Amar'e Stoudemire out with bruised knee

Training camp has not been kind to the New York Knicks so far in terms of injuries as 40 percent of the 20 players under contract are banged up in one way or another.

May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) shoots a free throw against the Miami Heat during the second half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The latest casualty is power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who won’t be playing in the Knicks’ first preseason game Thursday night against the Washington Wizards. Stoudemire had previously dealt with some minor ankle problems early in camp and now knee problems will be keeping him out of action.

It seems as if this is more of a precaution as head coach Mike Woodson did say that if this were regular season game, then Stoudemire likely could play.

Kurt Thomas will get the nod to start in Stoudemire’s absence.

As for the starter at shooting guard, Woodson said it will be a game-time decision.

Looking at the rest of the banged up Knicks, James White will be active tonight after experiencing a sore right hamstring the past few days, so he could get some burn at the two spot. A slew of Knicks didn’t make the trip, that list includes:  Marcus Camby (left calf strain), Rasheed Wallace (conditioning), and Ronnie Brewer (knee) , Iman Shumpert (knee) and Chris Smith (knee).

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