Amar'e Stoudemire optimistic about season opener

After an intense workout on Tuesday, Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to the press about the New York Knicks’ season opener with confidence. On Media Day, Amar’e was not as confident to say the very least, but according to the power forward himself, he is optimistic that he may play in the team’s final two preseason games and season opener on October 30 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

“It’s going great. I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress right now. I’m still getting stronger still getting strong enough to withstand the pressure of playing. The progress has been great so far.’’

Stoudemire has yet to be cleared to participate in full basketball activities, such as scrimmaging or running full speed, but he has been doing various solitary basketball drills for the Knicks. Until Tuesday, it seemed unlikely that the former All-Star would be able to put on the blue and orange on opening day, especially since the team held him back from rehabbing aggressively until training to prevent any major setbacks.

“It’s definitely a possibility. It’s matter of how strong my legs are. I’m working my butt off to gain strength. Hopefully I’ll be ready by the season opener.”
More importantly, Stoudemire is once again confident in his abilities and what he can bring to the Knicks. Stoudemire told reporters, “Everyone knows when I’m healthy what kind of player I am and what I bring to the table.’’ Mike Woodson and the Knicks have to be excited about to potentially have their explosive scoring forward at full strength for the entirety of the season.

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