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.
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.