Amare Stoudemire could return in time for playoffs

After undergoing yet another knee surgery, Amare Stoudemire's rehab has gone well.  So well, in fact, that the former All-Star may be able to return to the Knicks lineup sometime during the playoff.  Stoudemire underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the month.

Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York says Stoudemire's rehab has gone well and while there is no timetable set yet, he is eyeing the postseason.

"There's no timetable set on my return," he said during a conference call for an upcoming self-documentary. "Hopefully, I can return soon enough for the postseason. I'm gearing toward that, but I want to make sure I'm ready and 100 percent. ... It's only been two weeks since the procedure, so we're still taking precautionary measures and just making sure everything heals up perfectly before we get too far ahead of ourselves."

Stoudemire has had a strange season.  He has battled injuries, lost his starting job, become a role player, and finally been sidelined indefinitely with more injuries.  Through it all, though, the Knicks have been a playoff-caliber team.  They've gone through rough stretches, but they always seem to recover.  Perhaps Stoudemire can come back and give them an added lift during the playoffs.

Stoudemire has averaged just 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game because of his limited playing time this season.  In his career, he has averaged 21.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

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