Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith returned to practice today, but another familiar face was missing.
Steve Novak didn’t practice. The Knicks called it a recovery day. Mike Woodson said Novak was “fatigued” from playing 38 minutes in Saturday’s OT preseason win over the Celtics.
“We gave Novak the day off,” Woodson said. “He was a little tired from the other night, all the minutes that we gave him. He deserved a day off as well.”
Woodson was also asked about the status of Rasheed Wallace, who worked out on the side, Marcus Camby, who has been out 10 days with a strained calf, and Ronnie Brewer, who is rehabbing from knee surgery.
“Rasheed is fine,” Woodson said. “He’s starting to pick it up a little bit more in terms of getting up and down the floor with his conditioning work. It’s just a matter of time before he gets involved.”
On Camby and Brewer, Woodson said, “I’ll go in and talk to our trainers again today about Camby, just to see where he is because he’s been getting treatment. I think Ronnie is getting close. That’s all I can tell you.”
Stoudemire missed the first two preseason games with a bruised left knee, but he said he "absolutely" would play Friday in Montreal against the Raptors.
Smith just missed Saturday's game with a sore left ankle, but he was jumping up and down and spinning around during the entertaining fourth quarter and overtime.