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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Knicks Injury Update: Amar'e Stoudemire expects to play 30-35 minute restriction

By on 9/30/2014 12:00:00 PM

With his health still a concern, New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire will be playing restricted minutes again this upcoming season.

Stoudemire has had on-going issues with his legs and knees throughout his career- Forcing him to be in a constant state of rehabilitation.

At Knicks Media Day Monday, Stoudemire told reporters, "It's great to finally go through a summer where I can just work on basketball --- maintain and build strength," via Marc Berman of the New York Post. "The previous two summers was pretty much rehab."

Because both of Stoudemire's knees have undergone multiple surgeries, new head coach Derek Fisher will likely keep him on a restriction somewhere between 30 and 35 minutes. Last season, former coach Mike Woodson started Stoudemire at power forward, and in the last 20 games of the season he was averaging 15.7 points on 57.5 percent shooting alongside pretty good defensive play.

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Stoudemire called his playing down-the-stretch of last season a "positive step," and said "to capitalize on minutes played in a starting role, it played an intricate part of my success the second half of the year. Hopefully we can build on that."

The 31-year-old told The New York Post that his goal is to return to the All-Star Game this year.

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