New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers, coach Mike Woodson confirmed. Stoudemire will come off the bench and play limited minutes in his first game back from preseason knee surgery. Woodson said that Carmelo Anthony remains a game-time decision.
Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season, but many have worried that his return will upset the Knicks rotation. New York is 21-9 and only a half-game behind the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Stoudemire returned to practice in mid-December, but this will be his first game of the season and the Knicks appear to plan on working him in slowly. For his career, Stoudemire averages 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Anthony has missed two games since hyperextending his knee on Christmas day. The Knicks are 3-3 in six games without him this season.