Injured New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire made it a point to tell the world that is rehab is going just fine, as the often-injured power forward tries to get back into the Knicks lineup by playoff time.
But while STAT had the time to go on television and tell the world that his rehab is going fine, he also appears to have drawn the ire of Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson in the process.
Stoudemire has made a couple of TV appearances in the last couple of days in which he said his rehab is going well, including on ESPN.
“It’s going well,’’ Stoudemire said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “It’s two weeks in now, so I’ve been able to really recover [and] feel the improvement daily, and I just hope that continues to be the case.”
That apparently was news to Woodson.
When asked about his power forward, Woody seemed rather shocked and displeased with the fact that STAT was going on television to begin with.
“He’s been on TV?,’’ Woodson told the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “News to me. I need to tell him to stay off the TV and talk to the coach. I really don’t know. I don’t know what the timetable is on Amar’e. If he’s telling you the rehab is going well, it’s a good sign. How close to playing, I don’t know.’’
Woodson also added that if STAT does return, he likely will be limited to only 10-12 minutes per game, as he said he has to plan on not having Stoudemire back.
“I can’t get him on the court and going to play him 25, 30 minutes,’’ Woodson also told Berman. “It’s just getting him back comfortable, if it’s 12, 10 minutes, and feel good and comfortable about it.’’
Stoudemire also held a press call on Friday to promote a documentary of his life: “Amar’e Stoudemire: In the Moment.’’
The Knicks are usually very tight lipped on injuries, which made Stoudemire’s recent promotional tour rather odd, especially given the fact that he didn’t communicate things with his coach first.
As for Stoudemire coming back for the playoffs? Who knows, but stay tuned to the television as I am sure STAT will find the time to promote his return.
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