Amar'e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin will get personal schedules
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Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin have much different schedules than the Knicks.
Mike Woodson said each veteran will be given a schedule indicating which games they will play in this month. Stoudemire, who had knee surgery during the summer, was off Sunday night. Martin, coming off an ankle injury suffered last season, played against the Timberwolves.
Woodson said if there are a couple of days between games, he has "the right to play both of them.'' Even though the Knicks haven't played since Thursday, Stoudemire was held out, but he's expected to play Tuesday night against Charlotte.
For the time being, Stoudemire and Martin are able to play only 10 minutes per game. This makes it difficult for them to get into a rhythm, especially Stoudemire, who has been a scorer his whole career.
"It's tough for both of them,'' Woodson said. "My hands are tied, too. When the medical people release these guys and say that their minutes are ready to go up, then I'll be the first one to give them more minutes, but right now I can't do it.''
When asked about the Stoudemire plan, Carmelo Anthony said: "I think he understands it. He decided to agree to that situation, whatever that situation was. He's prepared for that. I think he's prepared for that.
"When he's out there, when we need him, he's a big part of this team. That's a no-brainer. That's clear as day that he's a big part of this team and whatever we do, he's going to be a big part of that.''
J.R. won't be limited
J.R. Smith served the third game of his five-game suspension. Woodson said when Smith, who had offseason knee surgery, makes his debut Sunday against the Spurs, he shouldn't be too limited.
"I don't think I'll burn him where I'm playing him 30-plus minutes a night,'' Woodson said. "I'm going to try to get him to about 25, 30 minutes if I can.''
Anthony had high praise for Syracuse product and 76ers rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams, who's averaging 20.7 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 steals through three games. "I always liked him,'' Anthony said. "I've been telling people all along whoever gets him was going to get a steal.''