Amar’e Stoudemire to Mike Woodson: ‘I am ready to play’


New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire says he’s ready to play more.

“From a doctor’s standpoint, there hasn’t been limitations since the first week of the season,” Stoudemire said when asked if he wanted to throw out any minutes limitations in an effort to help the Knicks make the playoffs, via “So we can’t keep saying limitations — that’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day.

“I feel great,” he continued. “I am ready to play. But it’s up to him if he wants to play me or not.”

Stoudemire returned last Saturday against the Miami Heat after missing seven games because of an ankle injury.   He played four minutes and scored two points in a loss. On Monday, Stoudemire played 17 minutes and had seven points and four rebounds in a 101-98 loss in Milwaukee.

I feel great man,” Stoudemire said following Knicks practice after Woodson had already spoken with reporters. “It don’t take much for me. I have been playing at a high level my entire career. I know what it takes to get back to the top of the game.

“I know what it takes to feel confident,” he continued. “That’s never going to go away. It’s just a matter of how the coach is going to play me. I am available if they need me. If not, then we go with that.”

Stoudemire is averaging 18.9 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 53.9% shooting on the season.

He said Woodson knows he wants more minutes.

“Yeah, I talk to Coach all the time about it,” Stoudemire said. “He knows I am ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court. The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train.

“I am ready to play. But it depends on how the game is played.”

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