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A confident @Amareisreal says "I'm on the pace to return back to dominance." More on his impending return:
Stoudemire went through his second practice with the Knicks' D-League affiliate and participated in a full court scrimmage. He threw down a strong dunk and had a chase-down block during the workout.
"Felt good," he told reporters afterward. "Felt pretty good out there."
The six-time all-star power forward is still not that close, however, to making his season debut. While there was some speculation that Stoudemire could be back in uniform by Christmas, it is sounding less likely. Mike Woodson already ruled him out to play by Sunday, in the final game of this six-game homestand.
"I doubt that very seriously," Woodson said. "I doubt that."
Stoudemire, despite voicing optimism of returning to his all-star form, admitted he is "not quite ready yet." The team's 19-6 start has allowed him to be patient. But he made it clear he doesn't expect to have to change his game.
"My goal is to rehab back to my dominant self," he said.
He is expected to join the Knicks for the upcoming three-game trip to the West Coast. Woodson said he needs to find practice time to allow Stoudemire to work with his teammates.
For now, seeing Stoudemire back on the court is, as Woodson put it, "a wonderful sign."