Amar'e Stoudemire takes part in Knicks' shootaround

Amar'e Stoudemire looks on against the Orlando Magic. Amar'e Stoudemire looks on against the Orlando Magic. (Jan. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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CHICAGO -- Amar'e Stoudemire's rehab took another positive step as he took part in some of Tuesday's shootaround. Before Sunday's game, Stoudemire was jumping and dunking. But he remains quiet about how he's feeling and when he may return from a bulging disc in his back.

Interim coach Mike Woodson ruled Stoudemire out for Wednesday night's game against the Bucks. He said it will be up to Stoudemire and the Knicks' medical staff as to when he comes back. When he does, Stoudemire will start and Carmelo Anthony, who has flourished playing power forward in the Knicks' small lineup, will return to playing small forward. "He's still working out, taking it a day at a time," Woodson said. "He looks pretty good. I think it's going to be up to Amar'e and the doctors when he decides to make his move.

"When they tell me he's ready to go, he'll be right back in the starting lineup, playing the way I expect him to play."

Stoudemire suffered the injury March 24. The prognosis was he would miss 2-4 weeks after getting an epidural shot in his back. He received it two weeks ago Thursday.

Shump just glad to be here

Versatile rookie Iman Shumpert has been the Knicks' best perimeter defender and a real find with the No. 17 pick. He said he's not motivated because so many teams passed on him. "I was told I was going undrafted, I'm just happy to be here," Shumpert said. "I was called 'Fools Gold,' that's what I remember, during the draft combine."

When Woodson talks about Shumpert, he often refers to him as "Rook," and said that will continue. "He's got to play his first regular-season game next year and then he won't be a rookie anymore," Woodson said.

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Jordan sent to D-League

Rookie center Jerome Jordan was reassigned to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League.

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