New York Knicks fans could breathe a welcome sigh of relief on Wednesday, as the “New York Post” reported that Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire should be able to avoid season ending back-surgery and the team expects him back on the court within the next two-four weeks. The veteran big man received word from the second physician he was examined by; that the bulging discs causing him constant pain should be able to be treated using no-surgical methods. The game plan calls for Stoudemire to go through rest and rehab as well as receive an epidural steroid injection.
New York interim head coach Mike Woodson told reporters “We will welcome him back as soon as he can get back on the floor because we need him. He’s a big piece to the puzzle. I want him to be healthy when he comes back and not come back trying to play hurt. That’s the most important thing.”
The squad is hoping to get their talented big man back on the floor before t,he regular season concludes; so that he can re-establish chemistry with his teammates if they are able to hold on and make the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Knicks are currently holding the eighth and final Post Season slot in the East, with a two and a half game advantage over the Milwaukee Bucks before New York hosts the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and have a record this season of 25-25. Starting point guard Jeremy Lin will miss his second straight game with a sore left knee.