As the NBA season rapidly approaches, every team is doing their best to strategize which players to play and which to sit out during preseason games- New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has decided it's best to sit out Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and also Jeremy Tyler for at least the first three games.
Although this isn't much of a surprise, it is just being confirmed today by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv via his Twitter.
Woodson says Tyler, Amar'e and JR won't make the trip for the 3 preseason games
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 7, 2013
As reported earlier, Stoudemire will be on a minutes restriction during the regular season in order to utilize him in the post-season- He's had a career tainted by injury and is currently recovering from knee injury.
J.R. Smith is recovering from a knee surgery he underwent this summer, and is also facing a five game suspension for failing his third drug test. Woodson is hoping Smith will be OK'd by a doctor to play opening night so his suspension can take affect and he can start playing immediately after the first five games of the season.
Jeremy Tyler underwent surgery on his foot early last month, and is expected to be out two months. Tyler's contract is non-guarenteed.