Knicks Confirm Amare Stoudemire Will Have Minutes Limit
(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks hope they can rely on forward Amare Stoudemire next season to be a productive player, but in a limited role.
Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson admitted that if the Knicks want to count on Stoudemire, it'll have to be with a minutes limit. Stoudemire's career with the Knicks has become marred with injuries.
"Right now, as it stands, he's going to be on some restrictions," Woodson told the New York Post. "What those restrictions will be, I don't know that."
Last season, Stoudemire was limited to just 29 games and averaged 23.5 minutes per game, his lowest mark since the 2005-2006 season. He also missed 19 games two seasons ago while averaging just 17.5 points per game.
The team has reportedly discussed a 20-minute per game limit on Stoudemire, who at 30-years-old, will be entering his 12th NBA season.
Stoudemire still has two-years remaining on the five-year, $100 million contract that he signed with the Knicks prior to the 2010-2011 season. He was an early MVP candidate during his first season with the team, but even since before Carmelo Anthony came aboard his production has slipped.
Since joining the Knicks, his minutes, points, rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage, and assists per game have all decreased by the season.
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