amare stoudemire february 2014

Amar’e Stoudemire says there aren’t any medical limitations on how much he can play right now, just his head coach. The veteran forward said his playing time is decided by Mike Woodson and he’s ready to play more.

“From a doctor’s standpoint, there hasn’t been limitations since the first week of the season. So we can’t keep saying limitations, that’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day,’’ said Stoudemire. “I feel great. I am ready to play. But it’s up to him if he wants to play me or not.’’

Stoudemire is averaging just 18.9 minutes per game — the lowest of his career since barring his injury-shortened, three-game season in 2005-06.

Stoudemire says he talks to Woodson all the time about his minutes.

“Yeah, I talk to coach all the time about it. He knows I’m ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court. The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train. I’m ready to play; but it depends on how the game’s played.’’

The 31-year-old STAT is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game with the New York Knicks so far this season. His January was pretty solid off the bench, averaging around 11 points and six rebounds a game.


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