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Amar'e Stoudemire already missed a game with an injury? Reason for concern or just precautionary? Amar'e explains:
"Me and [Chris] Copeland collided one time in practice," Stoudemire told MSG Network's Tina Cervasio. "Nothing serious, just taking precautionary routes."
Stoudemire, who suffered what is being called a bone bruise on his left knee, went on to say he "should be good to go" for Saturday's preseason game against the Celtics in Hartford, Conn.
Stoudemire missed 15 games last season due to injuries that included a sprained ankle (two games) and a bulging disk in his lower back (13 games). He also missed one playoff game with a hand laceration after he punched a fire extinguisher case after the Game 2 loss in Miami.
Earlier in training camp, Stoudemire sat out of practice for two days after he tweaked his ankle. He came into this season hoping to dispel the notion that his body is breaking down. Stoudemire turns 30 next month.
With a decidedly veteran roster, the Knicks have decided to take an extremely conservative approach to injuries, especially early in camp. The theory is that it's better for players to rest and recover from even the smallest bumps and bruises now rather than try to play through it and risk it becoming a chronic issue during the season.