Knicks' Stoudemire has 1st practice of season

Knicks' Stoudemire has 1st practice of season
December 18, 2012, 7:03 pm
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Injured New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire clowns around with injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash before the Knicks faced the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Yuezi Karen Wu)


NEW YORK (AP) Amare Stoudemire practiced for the first time this season Tuesday, though the Knicks forward isn't sure when he can return.

Stoudemire scrimmaged with Erie, the Knicks' NBA Development League affiliate, which was practicing at the Knicks' training center. The Knicks weren't planning to have a full-court workout, so they decided to give Stoudemire work with the BayHawks.

Stoudemire has been out all season after left knee surgery. He told reporters he felt soreness after the practice, but has been very pleased with his progress.

The Knicks have three more games on their six-game homestand, then travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Christmas. Stoudemire said he doesn't know if he will be ready for any of those games.

He also added he would be willing to come off the bench if necessary, saying ``whatever it takes to win, that's the goal.''