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Stoudemire Not Yet 80 Percent Healthy, May Return Early

Amar'e Stoudemire participated in his first full practice since mid-October, but isn't sure if he will return on Jan. 1.

Stoudemire said he's not even 80 percent and would like to feel close to 100 percent before he plays.

"It would be great if I could go on Jan. 1," he said. "I can't determine how I feel tomorrow or the following day. If the next two days go well and I continue to improve, then that will be a great day to start playing."

The Knicks' injury woes have caused Stoudemire to want to return earlier.

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Source: Stoudemire To Come Off Bench For Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire will come off the bench when he returns from a left knee injury, sources said.

Stoudemire may start initially because of injuries to Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, but Mike Woodson is seriously considering playing Stoudemire in a reserve role for the rest of the season.

"It's a fluid situation (because of injuries)," one source said. "But they want him to come off the bench to start."

Stoudemire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 1.

Via Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork

Carmelo To Miss Second Straight Game With Knee Injury

Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game Friday night against the Sacramento Kings with a hyperextended left knee.

Anthony injured his knee Tuesday in the Knicks’ 100-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It was bothering me the whole game,” Anthony said of his knee. “I thought it was worse. But then once I went out there and starting playing again, I think the adrenaline got me through it. Then after the game is when I thought it was a lot worse.”

Anthony hopes to return Jan. 1 against Portland.

“In the N.B.A. when you miss one day it feels like it’s been a week,” Anthony said. “The injury occurred Tuesday. It’s only been a couple of days. I really want my knee to settle down. I don’t think it’s frustrating because you can’t control these types of things. It’s just a matter of me coming back where I left off.”

Via Nate Taylor/New York Times

Felton Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Pinkie

Raymond Felton was told on Thursday that surgery on his fractured left pinke would be unnecessary and that the finger would be stabilized by a splint. Felton will miss between four and six weeks.

Felton called his injury “a freak accident.”

“Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just have to step up,” said Mike Woodson.

Woodson plans to increase Pablo Prigioni’s minutes with Felton unavailable.

Via Nate Taylor/New York Times

Felton Has Fractured Right Pinkie

Raymond Felton has a fracture in his right pinkie finger.

Felton's status will be reevaluated when the Knicks return to New York.

Felton told the New York Times that he may be out four to six weeks following possible surgery.

Via Neil Best/Newsday

Camby Returns After Missing 12 Games

Marcus Camby returned on Tuesday for the first time in 12 games after dealing with plantar fasciitis.

“It felt good to be out there with the guys. I just have to build from today,” Camby said. “The game doesn’t change. It’s a whole lot more faster when you haven’t been out there as long as I haven’t been out there.”

Via Roger Rubin/New York Daily News

Stoudemire May Return During First Week Of January

Amar’e Stoudemire may make his return from October knee surgery during the first week of January.

“It’s possible — it would be awesome if I am able to,” said Stoudemire.

Stoudemire had previously hoped to return in time for Christmas.

“I feel pretty good. I am still improving and still getting better,” he said. “I just want to make sure I am 100%. So that’s the main goal right now to continue to get to that point. I am not quite there yet, but I am making progress.”

Via Roger Rubin/New York Daily News

Felton Sprains Right Pinkie

Raymond Felton is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns after spraining his right pinkie.

“I ain’t the same with it,” Felton said of the injury. “We’ll see what happens.”

Felton shot 1-for-10 after the injury.

“Right now it hurts like hell,” Felton said. “Knowing me, I won’t sit out the game for any reason, (But) if it bothers me the way it did in the fourth quarter where I couldn’t shoot the ball like I wanted to — or pass the ball — I am not going to play on it.”

Via Roger Rubin/New York Daily News

James White Approached About Dunk Contest

James White is being nominated for entry by the NBPA for the Slam Dunk contest.

White was approached by union officials last week.

The union has more influence in the Saturday night skill competitions in the new format in which the conferences compete against each other.

A team captain will be chosen for the East and West and make the final call on participants

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Felton, Kidd Determined To Help Stoudemire Fit With Knicks

Raymond Felton is determined to help Amar'e Stoudemire fit with what the Knicks have established through their first 26 games.

"We're going to figure it out," Felton said. "I know everybody trying to put this big knock that these guys can't play together, Melo and Amar'e can't play together. That's me, Jason, Pablo [Prigioni] -- that's our job to make sure that it does happen. He's got a great deal of talent. I know what he can do. What he can do is only going to help us."

Like Felton, Kidd is motivated to prove the critics wrong.

"He's part of this team," Kidd said. "He's going to help us be successful. That's the only way I look at it and I think that's the way the team looks at it.

"He has the ability to get us over the hump. For us as teammates, our job is to get him in the right spots so he is successful."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

New York Knicks Archives

Source: Stoudemire Has No Option But Blend In

Amar'e Stoudemire will do everything he can to blend in and adjust himself to the Knicks.

Source: Rasheed Wallace Has Stress Fracture In Left Foot

Rasheed Wallace's sore foot is actually a stress fracture and he will miss an extended period of time.

Knicks Reassign Copeland, White To Erie

The Knicks have reassigned Chris Copeland and James White to the Erie BayHawks.

Knicks Assign Stoudemire To D-League For Rehab

Amar'e Stoudemire will practice with the BayHawks at MSG Training Center with the Erie BayHawks.

Copeland Scores 29 In 28 Minutes

With Carmelo Anthony out, Chris Copeland had 29 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes.

Stoudemire To Test Knee With D-League Practices

Amar'e Stoudemire will begin practicing with the Knicks' D-League team this week.

Stoudemire Could Practice Tuesday, Play Friday

Amar'e Stoudemire could be cleared to practice on Tuesday and return as soon as Friday.

Lin Ready To Get MSG Return 'Over With'

Jeremy Lin will return to Madison Square Garden as a member of the Rockets on Monday.

Knicks Want Carmelo To Sit At Least One Game

Carmelo Anthony suffered a sprained left ankle after being fouled by Dwight Howard on Thursday.

Kobe: Knicks Figured Out Right Pieces To Surround Carmelo

Carmelo Anthony is having one of the best seasons of his career while leading the Knicks to the top record in the Eastern Conference (17-5).

Carmelo Injures Left Leg

Carmelo Anthony expressed doubt about his availability for Saturday’s home game against the Cavaliers.

Kobe: Carmelo More Difficult To Defend Than LeBron

Carmelo Anthony is a greater personal defensive challenge for Kobe Bryant than LeBron James.

Stoudemire Nearing Return, Knicks Undecided On Role

Amar'e Stoudemire has been running, shooting and working on strengthening the knee, but hasn't been cleared yet for practice.

Grunwald Receiving Credit For Improving Knicks' Depth

Tyson Chandler says the offseason moves by general manager Glen Grunwald have improved the Knicks’ depth.

Carmelo Game-Time Decision After Receiving Five Stitches On Finger

Carmelo Anthony is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Heat after suffering a deep cut on his left middle finger.

Carmelo, Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

The Knicks and Thunder combined to go 7-1 last week.

Novak: Carmelo's The Best Player In NBA Right Now

Carmelo Anthony heard chants of “MVP” from the Madison Square Garden crowd Sunday.

Felton Injures Left Hand, MRI Reveals Bone Bruise

Raymond Felton feared he had broken left hand, but an MRI revealed only a bone bruise.

Kidd Making Progress, No Timetable Still On Return

Jason Kidd will be brought back slowly when he returns.
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