Amar’e Stoudemire might be returning to the New York Knicks sometime this coming week. The basketball player has been suffering from wrist, ankle and knee problems.
While not actually Jewish, Stoudemire considers himself to be a Black Hebrew. He feels a very strong link to the Jewish people and even coached the Canadian national basketball team to the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel.
The Knicks need any good news, no matter how slight, that they can get their hands on these days. But even if Stoudemire comes back at full strength it won’t save the Knicks’ season. Nothing will.
The team is currently in dead last in the NBA’s Atlantic Division, 23.5 games behind first place Toronto with a 9-38 record and a 0.191 winning percentage. They would have to win just about every one of their remaining 35 games just to make the playoffs.
Derek Fisher told the New York Daily News, “I’d say Tuesday would probably be the soonest we’d see Amar’e. He wants to be out there tomorrow, but I think we’re going to be really conservative and probably wait for him to practice a little on Monday before being in the game on Tuesday.”
Steve Popper, a reporter who covers the Knicks, tweeted, “Sounds like Tuesday at soonest for Amar’e playing. Melo thinks he will play Sunday against the Lakers, not watching celebrity bowling.”