The Knicks are 2-0 after last night’s 87-71 win against the Celtics. And word is, Amar’e Stoudemire might be in the running to return for Round 2.
“If everything goes great (with rehabilitation), then I’m willing to play,” the six-time All-Star told reporters. “Sooner than later, hopefully, if everything continues to improve.”
The 30-year-old underwent right knee debridement surgery on March 11 and hasn’t appeared in a game since March 7. Following his surgery, the big man was expected to be on the sidelines for four to six weeks.
“Everything’s on schedule for the most part,” Stoudemire said. “I’ve got to continue to get stronger, got to get back on the court, start moving around at full speed … And if I can handle that, then we go up a notch — that’s great. Then I’m looking (forward to) hopefully playing soon. We’ll see.”
Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not too concerned about the 6-foot-11, 245-pounder disrupting the team’s chemistry. He’s made it clear that if Stoudemire is healthy and able to contribute, then he’ll be on the floor. Simple as that.
“If he’s able to make it back, he will be back in the rotation, ready to play,” Woodson said. “I’m expecting him to do what he was doing before he left. He played some pretty good, positive minutes for our ballclub before he got hurt.”
Game 3 of the Knicks-Celtics series will tip off at 8:00 p.m. in Boston on Friday night.
Source: CBS NY