Just when Amar’e Stoudemire begins to produce for the New York Knicks his body fails him once again. Stoudemire has averaged 11.5 points per game in 22.5 minutes per game for the month of December, but the 11-year veteran may have to miss a few games for the Knicks due to swelling in his knees. Mike Woodson caused Stoudemire some aggravation by making the decision to rest him for a few games, but Woodson is making the only choice available to him.
Of course, any athlete would love to play every game of the season, but Stoudemire does not have a history of being very durable. There is nothing that would justify Stoudemire playing in the midst of the Knicks’ early-season struggles as he last played a full 82-game season during the 2009-10 campaign as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
This month, Stoudemire was in rare form considering his injury history as he has scored in double figures in five of the Knicks’ nine games in December. Unfortunately, New York has not reaped the benefits of his efforts this month, and the team has lost five of their nine contests.
As tough as this decision may have been for Woodson, it was absolutely the right move for the long-term health of Stoudemire. The Knicks are thin on their front line with injuries to Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, and Stoudemire, but Stoudemire has already had three operations performed on his knees over the past 12 months. New York can’t afford to lose Stoudemire for the rest of this season, so he is currently listed as day-to-day with no definite timetable to return.