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Amar'e Stoudemire says return for Knicks' season opener possible

Amar'e Stoudemire said it's possible he could play in the Knicks' season opener on Oct. 30. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images) Amar'e Stoudemire said it's possible he could play in the Knicks' season opener on Oct. 30. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire said Tuesday that it's "possible" he will be ready for the team's regular season opener on Oct. 30, according to a tweet from Newsday reporter Al Iannazzone.

Stoudemire made the comment a day after the Knicks announced that he and guard J.R. Smith will sit out the first three games of the preseason, which begins on Wednesday with a matchup against the Boston Celtics at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

Both players had knee surgery this offseason --Stoudemire has yet to participate in running drills with the team -- but head coach Mike Woodson may play Stoudemire on Oct. 17 in a game against the Wizards. If he returned in Washington, it would give the 30-year-old four preseason games before the regular season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.

When Stoudemire does return, the Knicks will keep him on a strict minutes limit to begin the season in order to keep him healthy for a chance at playing more during a possible playoff run. The six-time All-Star has battled chronic knee injuries throughout his career and has undergone multiple surgeries.

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In July 2010, he signed a five-year contract with the Knicks for approximately $99 million. In 29 appearances last season for the Knicks, he averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 23 minutes per game.

https://twitter.com/Al_Iannazzone/status/387629873394495488

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