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Knicks return to practice tomorrow
Carmelo Anthony was back from playing in the All-Star Game and Amar’e Stoudemire returned from his Caribbean vacation over the weekend.
The two Knicks’ captains were at the team’s training facility today, but there was no practice. League rules state that if a team plays the Thursday before the All-Star Game they can’t practice until the Tuesday following it. This is a player’s union rule that makes sure the players get enough rest.
But it was a good sign that Anthony and Stoudemire were there for individual workouts, treatments, some scrimmaging if that’s what they did.
This is an important week for the Knicks to develop chemistry with new additions (J.R. Smith), guys who have recently returned from injury (Anthony and Baron Davis) or are returning (Josh Harrellson and Iman Shumpert).
The Knicks issued these injury updates: Harrellson, who had right-wrist surgery in January, has been cleared to practice in full starting tomorrow. Shumpert (left knee tendinitis) can practice on a limited basis, so his status for Wednesday’s game is up in the air. Bill Walker (sore left elbow) is not scheduled to practice tomorrow.