Knicks' Stoudemire getting close to ‘big’ return to lineup

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With Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby each battling left-foot pain, the time has never been better to start easing in Amar’e Stoudemire.

Stoudemire is closing in on getting cleared to practice fully with the club. He is expected to make his return sometime this month while Iman Shumpert is on his heels, looking at January.

Coach Mike Woodson has said Stoudemire still needs to be cleared by the medical staff to cut and absorb contact before practicing. The Knicks, who were off yesterday, have two practices later this week.

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Knicks' Stoudemire getting close to ‘big’ return to lineup