STAT Takes To Twitter, Says He's Not Injured And Just Needs Rest

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With center Tyson Chandler set to return after suffering a small non-displaced fracture of the right fibula earlier this season, the Knicks received some bad news on Tuesday.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson informed reporters that power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will be out “a while.” The head coach, currently on the hot seat with his team in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, didn’t provide too many specifics as to what is ailing the big man. The coach did tell reporters, however, that the six-time NBA All-Star’s knees swelled up.

“Amar’e’s going to be out a while,” Woodson told reporters. “I don’t know, but he won’t play tomorrow.”

It’s undetermined how much time Stoudemire will miss, but he’s not expected to need surgery, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

In a strange twist, Stoudemire took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to proclaim that he’s not injured, and simply needs rest after playing a grueling schedule.

The 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year has had an injury-plagued tenure in New York since signing with the Knicks in 2010. He played in 78 games in his first year with the Knicks, but appeared in just 47 and 29 games, respectively, in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Stoudemire didn’t start any games last season. He missed the first 30 games with a knee injury and then missed the end of the regular season after undergoing a right knee debridement in March.

STAT has been a solid contributor off the bench for the disappointing Knicks this season. The 6-foot-11, 245-pounder has appeared in 19 of New York’s 24 games — not starting in any — averaging 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 17.9 minutes per game.

The Knicks (7-17), sitting in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, will take on the lowly Bucks on Wednesday night. In addition to Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni will be out for the ‘Bockers. Chandler may or may not return.

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