GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Amar'e Stoudemire begins training camp Tuesday in a far too familiar role for him: rehabbing after another knee surgery.
The Knicks power forward, who said after last season he hoped to convince the coaching staff that he could be a starter again, now has more realistic goals.
After what he described as "an extremely minor" knee surgery over the summer, Stoudemire said he wants to get healthy, contribute in limited playing time and be ready for the playoffs.
"Right now, unfortunately, my career has been somewhat tainted by injuries during the last few years," Stoudemire said at Knicks media day Monday. "So it's a matter now of trying to maintain strength and health to have some solid and very productive years."
Neither Stoudemire nor the team disclosed many specifics about the surgery, though Stoudemire did say he will take part only in conditioning drills at the start of training camp. When he eventually returns to the court, he said he expects to have a nightly cap on his playing time of about 20 to 25 minutes, much like last season.
"My career isn't over yet," he said. "That being said, we're just taking precautionary measures to make sure I'm able to play at a high level."
Stoudemire, who will be 31 next month and is entering the fourth year of his five-year contract, is coming off a 2012-13 season in which surgery on both knees limited him to 29 games. In 23.5 minutes off the bench, he averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds.