Those who hoped that New York Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire would return to his old self next season may have to settle for about half of the production that a healthy Stoudemire would typically produce.
That’s because he will be on the floor only about half of the time.
Similar to what happened last season when he returned from knee surgery, Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson confirmed that Stoudemire will be on a minutes restriction during the 2013-14 season, as Marc Berman of the New York Post reported.
The Knicks had talked about a 20-minute cap limit on the forward, and they also discussed limiting his playing in back-to-back games.
“Right now, as it stands, he’s going to be on some restrictions,’’ Woodson said. “What those restrictions will be, I don’t know yet.’’
The minutes restriction on Stoudemire really isn’t that big of a deal when you consider a couple of things.
First of all it could allow Carmelo Anthony to see more time at the 4 in smaller lineups and secondly the Knicks played well without Stoudemire last season, so they are used to being without him by now.
However the problem is that without being able to seriously upgrade the roster, the Knicks will need more from guys like Stoudemire. However even though he still has the talent, how much impact can a guy like STAT make playing 20 minutes a game?
As we saw last season, the minutes limit won’t necessarily keep him healthy and unless he gets back to playing at an All-Star level, it’s doubtful that Stoudemire makes a huge contribution next season playing in five minute spurts.