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Amar'e Stoudemire should be ready for Knicks training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his goggles during a game

Amar'e Stoudemire adjusts his goggles during a game against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 13, 2014) Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH -- The Knicks open training camp Tuesday and, unlike last year, it sounds as if Amar'e Stoudemire will be ready to go.

But the Knicks will continue to monitor and perhaps limit Stoudemire's minutes in hopes of preventing further knee problems.

"Amar'e physically looks great, looks like he's in fantastic shape," coach Derek Fisher said Friday. "He's very focused on coming into this season healthy and I think he's accomplished that goal. We will all work together to try and manage as best as possible what we're seeing in real time."

Stoudemire is coming off a decent season, averaging 11.9 points and 22.6 minutes in 65 games following offseason knee surgery. He could put up big numbers since he's in the last year of his contract, but his health will play a huge role in that.

"His knees will be an issue at some point," Fisher said. "Just manage his minutes in some respects, how we'll limit him in practice, give him some days to get back up to speed and get some rest. But I think he's willing to come in and buy into what we want to teach and he's ready to go and he's excited."

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