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Amar'e Stoudemire travels with the Knicks, his return still unknown

Amare Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Philadelphia

Amare Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers with teammate Iman Shumpert. (Jan. 11, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Amar’e Stoudemire joined the Knicks on this two-game road trip that begins in Indiana and ends in Orlando.

It could be a good sign that his back is feeling a little better or maybe Stoudemire wanted to be around the team and then go home and spend a couple days in Orlando. It’s not unheard of – Baron Davis did it when the Knicks went to L.A. for the first road trip of the season and he was about two months away from playing again with his back issues.

So what does it all mean about Stoudemire?

“You never know,” Mike Woodson said before shootaround. “He’s back getting treatment now. He will be with us tonight, on the bench possibly. All we can do with him is take it a day at a time and see where he is physically.

“If he comes back and tells me he’s ready to play then he’ll be back in uniform and get him back on the floor.”

Then someone asked if Stoudemire could play this weekend. Woodson said politely and respectfully probably not.

“Man I wish I could tell you,” he said. “I really don’t know. I don’t know at this point. Like I said he’s just going through therapy and even with that being said it’s probably going to take time if he gets back on the floor. He’s going to probably make sure he’s ready, but at this point he’s not.”

Stoudemire has a bulging disk in his back. He had an epidural shot on Thursday. He hasn’t spoken to the media since he left the Detroit game on March 24 – which was the same night the Knicks lost Jeremy Lin to a knee injury. Stoudemire may speak later today.

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Speaking of Lin, he underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday and everything was fine. But as Tyson Chandler said, he texted some people when he was under the anesthesia. Lin even thanked the New York media and Knicks beat reporters.

“He was drugged,” Chandler said.

But seriously…
“I spoke to Jeremy before the surgery,” Chandler said. “He was a little drugged up yesterday so he was random texting people. They were a little drunken texts. I didn’t fall victim to that. I’ll reach out to him today when he should be a little more sober.”
 

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