Amar'e says no one in the organization is pressuring him to play in the season opener, but his goal is to be on the floor at that point.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 8, 2013
Amar'e: "There's no pressure right now to return as soon as possible. We've got guys that can hold the house down until I get back." #Knicks— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 8, 2013
The Knicks have dealt with Amar'e Stoudemire's ongoing injury woes with patience and professionalism. The team is focused on getting the most out of him they possibly can, but understand anything he can give is most valuable only if it comes when the pressure is on and the stakes are at their highest.
Stoudemire's teammates, coaches, and the organization as a whole are behind him. Even the Knickerbocker fan base has been relatively understanding as they hope for the best.
The Knicks do have plenty of talent to fall back on, and the fact of the matter is they even proved to be very successful last season without the prowess of STAT. That said, perhaps his saying as much doesn't exactly help matters.
It's certainly a plus that his team isn't pressured and/or dependent on Stoudemire to rise up as a winning squad, but the big man should still feel and/or keep the pressure on himself to get back in a relatively timely matter, granted his return doesn't come at the expense of him making a minimized impact.