NEW YORK -- Injured [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] forward [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] believes that if his rehab progresses without a setback, he could return in the second round of the playoffs.
Stoudemire underwent surgery March 11 to clean up debris in his right knee. He last played March 7.
At the time of his surgery, the Knicks said Stoudemire was expected to miss four to six weeks.
Stoudemire was asked Tuesday about the possibility of returning in the second round of the playoffs.
"If everything goes great [with rehabilitation], then I'm willing to play," Stoudemire said. "Sooner than later, hopefully, if everything continues to improve."
Stoudemire hopes to begin running full speed by the end of the week. If his knee responds well, he will progress with his rehab.
"Everything's on schedule for the most part. I've got to continue to get stronger, got to get back on the court, start moving around at full speed," Stoudmire said. "... And if I can handle that, then we go up a notch, that's great. Then I'm looking [forward to] hopefully playing soon. We'll see."
Of course, a second-round return for Stoudemire presumes the Knicks advance to the second round. They lead the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 2-0.
"If we continue to win, then that gives me more time to really heal up 100 percent," Stoudemire said. "So that's kind of the blessing that we have right now."
Mike Woodson said Sunday that if Stoudemire returns to the Knicks, he will do so as a member of the regular rotation.
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With us up 2-0 to Boston and in the best possible position to take the series I can't help but to look forward and think that we are still quite small as a team. We need another big and Stat would be the answer to the second unit alongside JR. This could be just what the doctor ordered to get us the best possible chance for a chip this year!