Amar'e Stoudemire's nagging back injury has gone from preventing him from propelling the Knicks into the second round of the playoffs to now limiting his off-season workouts.
The fact that the pain in STAT's back has lingered for so long has certainly been surprising and worrisome to many Knicks fans, but fear not: the Knicks captain is getting ready to rev it up once again.
Speaking to preteens at Polo Grounds Community Center in Harlem about the importance of education, Stoudemire did indeed say he will be beginning more intense workouts this coming Monday, and most definitely would be ready to go if the NBA season were to start on time.
Surely the idea that the season will begin sooner than later is pure optimism at this point, but based on primarily meetings this week, perhaps there is hope.
Nevertheless, the opportunity to rest, be it during the regular off-season or the lockout, has certainly been an aid to Stoudemire. Sources of the New York Daily News asserted that he is only about "90% healthy" and questioned whether or not he would actually be prepared to start the season on time.
Even so, assuming he does not aggravate any old ailments, STAT at 90% makes the Knicks much more fortunate than they happened to be in the postseason.
the 6'10" forward's highly anticipated team workouts are now scheduled to take place in October at IMG Academy in Florida (where Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert has been working out regularly), should the lockout ultimately spill into scheduled team training camp and the start of the regular season.
In the meantime, the $100 million man has stayed consistent in keeping up the pace with a bevy of off-season ventures, including appearing on this past Sunday's episode of HBO's "Entourage," as well as taking part in "Fashion Night Out" on Thursday night in New York City.