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Closing in on his return, Amar'e Stoudemire explains why he wasn't on the Knicks bench during his recovery:
After his first scrimmage in almost two months, Stoudemire spoke excitedly about finally being back on the court and joining this playoff run.
"I can't take it," he said of the waiting he has endured during two debridement procedures that limited his season to just 29 games.
"That's why sometimes I stay in the back and watch on TV and do some rehab in the back," he said. "Sitting right there on the bench during the game is very hard for me."
Stoudemire still has to pass a few more tests, mainly how his knee feels today after yesterday's extensive workout and how is feels after more work on Wednesday. Mike Woodson said if all goes well, Stoudemire will "probably suit up Saturday."
No one expects the former all-star to make a major impact, but even in spot duty he can provide some needed offense and size off the bench against this big Pacers team. Pairing him with Kenyon Martin in the second unit would give the Knicks a frontcourt scorer when Carmelo Anthony goes to the bench for rest.
What's most important is that Stoudemire has the physical ability to perform in the playoffs after sitting out so much time.
"I have no pain," he said. "Running, jumping, cutting, slashing; I feel explosive. The only thing now is getting my wind back up and see how it recovers."
How good does he feel? Well, STAT (which is a self-labeled nickname that stands for "Standing Tall And Talented") came up with a new acronym for his recovery.
"Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real," he said. "I have no fear at all."
Can Stoudemire, in a limited role, provide a needed spark for the Knicks? I think he can.