Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Amar’e: Players Will Sit Out Some Games to ‘Recover’
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Amar’e Stoudemire said he and other Knicks plan to sit out some games in order to “recover” during this upcoming abbreviated NBA season.
“I’m pretty sure this year there will be some days where we definitely will take the time off and recover and just play it smart,” Stoudemire said Wednesday.
Stoudemire’s comments echoed those of head coach Mike D’Antoni, who last week said he would rest players on some days.
The Knicks play 21 back-to-backs, three games in three days once and four games in five days on four occasions.
Stoudemire suffered a back injury in last year’s playoff loss to the Celtics and then rehabbed it during the offseason.
Carmelo Anthony missed Tuesday’s practice after hyper-extending his left knee but returned to the non-contact workout Wednesday and pronounced himself “good” for Saturday’s exhibition against the Nets.
Both players have had knee surgeries, and Anthony also underwent offseason elbow surgery.
“Guys have to be careful with injuries,” new center Tyson Chandler said. “So many games back-to-back. The rest time is very limited. A lot of the rest time is going to be travel time, so I think you have to beware of how you protect yourself.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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