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Stoudemire Could Return on New Year’s Day

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Amar’e Stoudemire could return on New Year’s Day.

The Knicks’ forward told Newsday that date was “a possibility.”

“Obviously, coming back from an injury, you have to slowly build your way up to get back to where you once were,” he said yesterday, according to reports, “so there’s no pressure right now of starting. I think it’s more so about continuing to win—keep that momentum going and keep guys positive and feeling energetic about the game.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said prior to the current three-game West Coast swing that he didn’t think Stoudemire would be available for the trip. The Knicks first game after the trip is the Jan. 1 game against Portland at the Garden.

When he does return, Stoudemire has said he’s willing to come off the bench. Carmelo Anthony said he spoke with Stoudemire about that matter, begging the question of whether it was Stoudemire’s idea or Melo’s.

The Knicks are 20-8 entering tonight’s game at Phoenix.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.