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Amar'e Stoudemire takes part in shootaround, but no return indicated

CHICAGO - Amar’e Stoudemire took part in some of the Knicks’ shootaround this morning and afterward did some back strengthening exercises. But interim coach Mike Woodson said Stoudemire wouldn’t be playing in this important back-to-back against the Bulls and Bucks.

Woodson said it will be up to Stoudemire and the Knicks’ medical staff as to when he returns from a bulging disk in his back. When he does come back, Woodson said Stoudemire will start.

“I got to think the doctors and Amar’e are on the same page in terms of where he is,” Woodson said. “When they tell me he’s ready to go he’ll be right back in the starting lineup, playing the way I expect him to play.”

The last time Stoudemire spoke was March 24, the night he suffered the injury. He didn’t speak after shootaround, but said he would before he returns. He gave no indication on when that would be.

The prognosis was he would miss 2-4 weeks after he received the epidural shot in his back. He received it two weeks ago Thursday.

“He’s still working out, taking it a day at a time,” Woodson said. “He looks pretty good. I think it’s going to be up to Amar’e and the doctors when he decides to make his move.

The Knicks begin the day tied for seventh place 1 1/2 with the Philadelphia 76ers and 1 1/2 games up on the ninth-place Bucks.


The Knicks may not see Derrick Rose tonight. The Bulls All-Star has a sprained ankle. He’s being listed as a game-time decision.

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