Jan 17, 2013; London, United Kingdom; New York Knicks forward Amar

Amar'e Stoudemire proclaims himself good as new

It’s been a long road to recovery for New York Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire, but his performances have been better as of late and it looks as if Stoudemire is shaking off the rust.

Jan 17, 2013; London, United Kingdom; New York Knicks forward Amar

Stoudemire is coming off his best game of the season in London against the Detroit Pistons, in which he scored 17 points off the bench and afterwards he proclaimed himself as good as new, which is great news for Knicks fans.

It has only been eight games since STAT made his season debut on January 1, but he is slowly looking more comfortable in Mike Woodson’s offensive system that he is no longer the focal point of.

“It’s coming,” Stoudemire told ESPN’s Mark Woods. “It will just take more repetition, more experience, more practice. Offensively I’m definitely improving for sure and my main goal so far this season is to get better defensively so I’ll keep working on that.

“The timing’s definitely coming back. I feel just as good as I was before I was out with the injury. As far as timing, as far as explosiveness, I feel healthy and that’s definitely a positive. I think the minutes gradually improving is helping that recovery.”

The most important thing is that timing Stoudemire speaks of and getting in proper conditioning, which has also come along great for the six-time All-Star.

Stoudemire is averaging 20.9 minutes per game since his return and has averaged 10.4 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds.

As he continues to round into basketball form, those minutes likely will increase.

Hopefully for his sake, Stoudemire really is as good as new, because the Knicks need him right now with their depleted frontcourt.

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