The New York Knicks have announced that they have assigned injured forward Amar’e Stoudemire to their D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks.
Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson said yesterday that Stoudemire will practice with the BayHawks as he continues to rehab his left knee, but it wasn’t clear if he would be formally assigned to them, which is now the case.
This is just a case of Stoudemire being able to practice on a daily basis with the team, as with the Knicks having three games this week, there won’t be sufficient practice time with the big club.
It’s doubtful that Stoudemire plays any games with the BayHawks, and I would be shocked if he does, but this enables him to get a week or two of solid practice in to see how his injured knee reacts to it.
If all goes well, I would expect to see Stoudemire back in a Knicks’ uniform sometime before the new year or at the worst case, very shortly after.
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