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So we won't see Amar'e Stoudemire on Christmas Day in LA. We might not see him at all on the upcoming trip. More:
Mike Woodson ruled Stoudemire out for the Lakers game on Christmas, which had been a hypothetical return date based on the six-to-eight week recovery period.
Stoudemire will travel with the team, but Woodson prefers not to play him until the power forward has had a chance to practice with the team. He had gone through two practices with the Knicks' D-League affiliate last week, but he did not join the NBA team for practice on Saturday.
The trip has three games in four days, starting on Christmas. The next game is a back-to-back on Wednesday in Phoenix. The team will stay in Phoenix on Thursday before heading to Sacramento for Friday's game to end the trip.
It's possible the Knicks could practice on Thursday in Phoenix and Stoudemire could join them then. Would that open the door for a debut Friday in Sacramento?
One thing seems clear: the Knicks are not looking to rush Stoudemire into the lineup. The month of January brings a very loose schedule, where there will be more opportunity for practice and acclimating Stoudemire into the system, especially on the defensive side.