Training camp has not been kind to the New York Knicks so far in terms of injuries as 40 percent of the 20 players under contract are banged up in one way or another.
The latest casualty is power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who won’t be playing in the Knicks’ first preseason game Thursday night against the Washington Wizards. Stoudemire had previously dealt with some minor ankle problems early in camp and now knee problems will be keeping him out of action.
It seems as if this is more of a precaution as head coach Mike Woodson did say that if this were regular season game, then Stoudemire likely could play.
Kurt Thomas will get the nod to start in Stoudemire’s absence.
As for the starter at shooting guard, Woodson said it will be a game-time decision.
Looking at the rest of the banged up Knicks, James White will be active tonight after experiencing a sore right hamstring the past few days, so he could get some burn at the two spot. A slew of Knicks didn’t make the trip, that list includes: Marcus Camby (left calf strain), Rasheed Wallace (conditioning), and Ronnie Brewer (knee) , Iman Shumpert (knee) and Chris Smith (knee).
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