Amar’e Stoudemire had knee surgery this off-season, and he will likely miss all of the preseason. He was hoping that he could be cleared to play before opening night, but now it seems as if we will have to wait to see him suit up. According to ESPN New York, Stoudemire still hasn’t been cleared for contact:
Woodson said Amar'e has not been cleared for contact yet. Amare, Kenyon and JR will travel with the #Knicks in the upcoming trip.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 18, 2013
I really hope that he can play this season, and that he can return to a level near what he used to be. Stoudemire was an Olympian and a perennial all-star earlier in his career, but injuries have derailed him during his time in New York. He had a good half season before Carmelo Anthony came to New York, and he hasn’t found his footing since.
Being cleared for 5-on-5 contact practice is the last step a player has to take before he can be cleared to play again. Greg Oden was just cleared in Miami, and we could see him play one preseason game. Stoudemire seems to think he is close to playing, and hopes to play on opening night at the latest. Here’s hoping he get a healthy Amar’e Stoudemire this season, and that he can be a good player again.