Woodson doesn't see Amar'e Stoudemire being ready for first round
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks had all of their big men on the court for their first postseason practice, including Amar'e Stoudemire. But Mike Woodson essentially ruled out Stoudemire playing in the first round.
"I think he's going to be out,'' Woodson said. "That's my gut. But he was out here moving around and shooting a little bit. It's kind of nice to see him on the floor.''
Stoudemire had right knee surgery March 11, and Woodson previously said he would be back this postseason if the Knicks extended their season. They open their series against the Celtics on Saturday.
Stoudemire has been slowed by injuries in all three postseasons as a Knick. He hurt his back in 2011 against Boston and missed one game last year with a hand laceration after punching the glass encasing a fire extinguisher after Game 2 in Miami.
Even if Stoudemire were to return, it's unlikely that he would resume his role from earlier this season as a main scoring option off the bench. There will be rust in his game. Besides, the Knicks' rotation is pretty much set.
Stoudemire wouldn't rule himself out, though.
"I'm doing everything I can to get back out there and to be extremely strong and healthy," he said Thursday night in Manhattan at the screening of the documentary "Amar'e Stoudemire: In the Moment," which airs Friday night on EPIX. "So hopefully I'll be out there soon."
Buzzer-beatersWoodson was named Eastern Conference coach of the month. He's the first Knicks coach to win the award since Pat Riley in 1994 . . . Patrick Ewing will join MSG Network's postgame coverage after Game 2 of the series Tuesday night.