Amar’e Stoudemire says he is not injured, but will sit out upcoming back-to-backs
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday that power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is “out a while” due to swollen knees, but Stoudemire took to Twitter to assure fans he is not injured.
Woodson explained that Stoudemire’s knee has swelled up and he will be sidelined indefinitely. Stoudemire claims that he is just sitting due to the team playing several back-to-back games in a row.
The good news for New York is that the team might see the return of center Tyson Chandler, who has been out since the second week of the season with a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. Despite Chandler possibly bringing some stability back to the Knicks’ frontcourt this week, the team will be without forward Kenyon Martin, guards Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni, and now Stoudemire on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old Stoudemire had double-digit scoring in five of his eight games in December as he looked to regain form after multiple knee surgeries sidelined him for months at a time over the past several years. The six-time All-Star and 2003 Rookie of the Year signed a five-year, $99 million contract with the Knicks in 2010 but has played in just 95 games over the past three seasons.