The last practice in 2012 featured the return of Carmelo Anthony to the floor and Amar’e Stoudemire’s second official workout with the team. Anthony is still listed as day-to-day and did not participate in the entire practice but he wanted to test his hyper extended knee.
“Still trying to get my lift back,” Anthony stated. “Yesterday was the first day that I actually did something on the court, shooting and today I got through most of the practice. It still does not feel right as far as my bounce and having my lift and the power that I need off that.”
The Knicks leading scorer said he will determine his status closer to game time on Tuesday night as the squad returns to Madison Square Garden for a matchup against the Blazers.
For the first time since training camp, Anthony and Stoudemire shared court time during several drills and a couple of scrimmage sessions. At one point, Anthony fired a no-look dime to Stoudemire for a one-handed dunk. Obviously, Stoudemire will need time to regain his conditioning but the highlight raised an eyebrow and provided a glimpse of what the Knicks can look like in 2013.
“It felt good today. To see him [Stoudemire] back out there, running our offense, getting him back in the flow of things, just playing within the system and everybody feeling comfortable out there. He’s fitting right in so far at practice and right now it’s all about him getting his legs underneath him and when he is ready to comeback, our arms are open to him,” Anthony explained.
Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd did not practice for the second straight day. Both players are probable for Tuesday’s game and Woodson said they were “getting pampered” after playing significant minutes on the west coast road trip last week. Rasheed Wallce is day-to-day with a foot injury and Iman Shumpert participated in non-contact drills again. New York hosts Portland at 7:30 PM on MSG tomorrow night.