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Amar'e Stoudemire confirms timetable for return

Despite the New York Knicks strong start to the season, having Amar’e Stoudemire in the lineup makes Mike Woodson’s team even better.

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Despite the rampant speculation over the course of the past couple of weeks, we now may have a better idea on when STAT will finally make his 2012-13 season debut.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reported that the forward could be back as soon as next week:

Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a realistic target date for his season debut following knee surgery. He said Jan. 1, 2013 is “a possibility.” It’s the first time Stoudemire has used a specific date. Of course, it depends on how his knee feels after some practices when the Knicks return home from this trip.

That would be the first game back at home (vs. Portland) for the Knicks following their current three-game road trip.

It remains to be seen exactly what Stoudemire’s role will be when he returns, but his presence will be a welcome addition since the Knicks have lost three of their past five games. Simply being on the floor could have been the difference between winning and losing against both Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Jan. 1 return date is not set in stone, but one thing is clear and that is the fact that Stoudemire will be back sooner rather than later.

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