Coaching Staff Limit Amar’e Stoudemire’s Play to 30 Minutes Per Game
Due to Amar’e Stoudemire’s recent knee surgery, the NY Knicks medical and coaching staffs have agreed to cap the forward’s playing time at 30 minutes per game for the remainder of the season.
“Thirty minutes is his max and whatever damage he does in those 30 minutes, he’ll be out there doing it,’’ Woodson said. “I can’t go over 30 for his sake as far as physical condition is concerned.’’
“He doesn’t need much more than that,’’ Woodson said. “STAT’s been in this league a number of years and he can get a lot done in 30 minutes. I think if he keeps his mind and body physically ready for it, 30 minutes is enough minutes for him to do damage.’’
However, Woodson said: “I’m trying not to burn him early and then run out of minutes”.
This helps to explain why the Knicks signed veteran Kenyon Martin over the weekend, and why Stoudemire hasn’t been vocally upset about not starting.
Mike Woodson has done a good job so far of managing Stoudemire’s limited playing time and winning so I don’t see the limitation having a huge effect on the team’s success.