Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/30/13
Amar’e Stoudemire sees himself and Carmelo Anthony entering the Hall of Fame together one of these years. But whether Stoudemire and Anthony enter with a joint championship ring largely depends on whether the Knicks power forward’s knees hold up by April’s playoffs. With the Knicks gathering Monday for Media Day and team meetings as camp commences in Tarrytown the health and continued rehab of Stoudemire will be a major issue. Stoudemire reportedly had another minor knee procedure in July. Stoudemire has not scrimmaged since players began informal workouts early this month after The Post reported he had been shut down all summer by owner James Dolan forbidden even from working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. On an SI Now webcast last week Stoudemire said the key to the Knicks dethroning Miami is not about basketball. “It goes back to health’’ Stoudemire said. “That’s something that’s very very important for any team — to stay healthy — which is not guaranteed. Then you got a great chance to be successful in the postseason.” The six-time All-Star has given very few interviews in the U.S. this summer choosing to give more access to the Israeli press on his extended visits to the Holy Land. He has lost some of his braggadocio no longer talking about dominating and admitting the season will be “a success’’ if he stays healthy. According to point guard Raymond Felton Stoudemire is expected to do almost no scrimmaging this preseason [which starts on the court Tuesday with the first practice]. He may play in only a couple of exhibition games. The Post has reported he will be put on a minutes restriction that could top out at 20 and he may not play in both games of back-to-backs. “Obviously winning the championship is the ultimate success’’ Stoudemire said. “But successful [for me] is to make it through the season healthy and go into the postseason feeling strong and ready to go. Then give it a great shot and see what we can do.’’
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