After undergoing a “secret” knee procedure this summer, it appears that New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has finally been clear for contact.
Marc Berman of the New York Post tweeted the news earlier today:
Stoudemire said earlier this offseason that he would be ready for the season opener and we laughed. Turns out, he might be right after all. Though, disbelief still remains for some.
We’ll see with Stoudemire, it seems. It’s still unlikely for him to play in a preseason game, though it was reported that he did travel with the Knicks to Toronto for their next game on Monday. That could indicate that he must be close.
SHUMPERT, FELTON SIT OUT PRACTICE
Iman Shumpert, who left Thursday’s Knicks preseason game with a sprained right elbow, did not practice on Saturday. Neither did his fellow backcourt-er Raymond Felton, who has been battling a strained left hamstring.
Felton also suffered the injury sometime on Thursday, apparently. We really don’t know because the Knicks don’t like saying anything when if comes to injuries.
It is unclear when Felton first suffered the injury. The Knicks’ starting point guard played just 15 minutes in the team’s preseason win over Washington on Thursday.
Afterward, coach Mike Woodson said he was resting Felton. He added that he expected Felton to play more minutes in Monday’s game against Toronto.
[via ESPN New York]
I would assume Felton’s injury isn’t serious, since Woodson says he’ll receive more minutes on Monday. Still, both are listed as day-to-day per the Knicks.