At this point, I think most people would agree that they would be surprised if Amar’e Stoudemire wasn’t on any sort of minute count this season.
“We’ve just got to figure out if it’s going to be 10 minutes, 15, 20. We won’t know at this point until he’s back on the floor and seeing how things are going,” Woodson said Tuesday.
“I thought we were really doing a pretty good job managing his minutes last season,” Woodson said. “And they were, I thought, positive minutes in terms of helping us win basketball games when he was in there.”
Last season, Stoudemire averaged 23.5 minutes per game in the 29 games he actually played in — he was reportedly limited to 30 minutes per game by the Knicks medical staff.
The way it’s been going this offseason, it appears that that number could be much, much less. Maybe 20 minutes per game, per Woodson.
Stoudemire, or the Knicks for that matter, aren’t entirely sure if he’s going to be ready for the start of the season — after undergoing another offseason knee surgery. My guess is no, since he hasn’t even began practicing with the team.
No question that the minute count is the right choice for the Knicks, but, man, how right were the Phoenix Suns about Amar’e?
Stoudemire averaged 14.2 points and five rebounds per game last season, both of which were the lowest output since his 2005-06 season.