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Amar'e Stoudemire not ready to play but getting closer

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against

Amar'e Stoudemire warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 13, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Amar’e Stoudemire scrimmaged for the second time this week with the Erie BayHawks and soon will join the Knicks’ big club.

There is “no target date,” according to Stoudemire because he said needs time. But when he can play he expects to be the player he was when the signed for $100 million.

“When I’m healthy I feel like I’m back to my dominant self,” Stoudemire said.

For now, the Knicks would take just healthy. But if he is dominant again, the 19-6 Knicks will become even more formidable.

Stoudemire said he won’t play this weekend. He still has some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, but he said he feels better.

It's possible he could return during the Knicks' three-game West Coast trip next week.

Also working out with Erie today was Iman Shumpert, who is rehabbing from his own left knee surgery. He didn’t scrimmage or even play 1-on-1. But he did conditioning work with the BayHawks, which represented the most he has done with a team. Shumpert has been working out on his own.

“A lot of the stuff is just offensive conditioning work with the basketball,” Mike Woodson said. “Shooting, basically. No one-on-one, scrimmaging or stuff like that.”

Asked when Shumpert would be cleared for contact, Woodson said, “Don’t know. This is the first step today to get him on the floor and get some really good conditioning work in. We’ll see from there. He’s still a little ways away.”

Tags: Knicks , Iman Shumpert , Amar'e Stoudemire , Mike Woodson

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