When he New York Knicks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night, they will be doing so without the services of power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who has been ruled out for the Knicks third game of the season.
Stoudemire, who has had three knee surgeries over the course of the last calendar year, is not going to play back-to-back games this year and is on a minutes limit of around 10 per game right now.
Even though he sat out the Knicks opener on Wednesday and played only 11 minutes on Thursday, STAT is being given the night off already despite the Knicks not playing again until Tuesday.
Being given a day off so early in the season makes you wonder about Stoudemire’s health, but it is more of a situation of the Knicks just being cautious.
Either way, it has to be hard for Stoudemire to see his role reduced to becoming a healthy scratch.
Stoudemire told ESPN’s Ian Begley:
“It’s not easy when you’re known for being a superstar player and then having to accept the role of coming off the bench and then also limited minutes, it’s never easy,” Stoudemire said. “It’s definitely a process that you have to mentally prepare yourself for. But at the same time it’s for the betterment of the team and also it’s better for yourself, to prepare yourself to heal and be ready for the [long run].”
At least Stoudemire appears to be saying the right things.
Hopefully the strategy works. The 11-year veteran played in just 29 regular season games last year due to recurring knee issues and as we have seen in the past, being cautious with Stoudemire doesn’t really guarantee anything.
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