Miss Amar'e Stoudemire address the media before he makes his season debut? Here are key snippets of his Q&A with reporters outside of his locker:
Determining when to return: "After those two days of practice with the team, I was able to get a good indication of how I was going to feel. I felt better after Day 1 and felt even better after Day 2. I feel it progressing and improving."
Minutes tonight: "I'm pretty sure they will be limited minutes. We don't want to overdo it right now. It's only game one for myself, so I'm going to still take precautionary measures and make sure I'm going to continue to improve."
Health: "I'm still not 100 percent yet, but we've got a few guys that are banged up and I want to make sure that those guys' bodies hold up for the duration of the season. So to get back out there now will be great for me to get my feet wet and see how it goes."
Improvements: "You still want to get your explosiveness back, get your legs back under you, you want to get your touch back on the basketball court. Any time you come back from a procedure or injury, you're not going to be 100 percent at the start. But I'll be there soon."
Prognosis: "Once I'm back on the basketball court, I should be good to go. The training staff is making sure that I'm 100 percent and ready to go, especially going into the later half of the season. That's the biggest thing for me."
Concerns warming up, sitting down and then playing: "Nah, my whole career I've been able to keep myself warm even when I sit down or in timeouts, you see myself working out on the sidelines to stay warm and ready to go. So that won't be a concern at all."
Emotions on return: "It's been a long time coming. I've been so ready to play. I put in so much hard work this offseason and then to have sit out for the first half of this season, but now to be back is I'm so ready to go. I'm ready to provide whatever my team needs to improve. So that's what I'm here for -- to just be there for them and help us improve."
Conditioning level: "I feel in great shape and still can get into even better shape. This is my first game back from the injury, so we took a lot of precautionary steps up this point. Training can be ramped up a lot and I still have room to improve as far as getting in better shape."
Challenges with recovery: "It was very difficult. It was emotional. My family was there for me, my friends were there for me, my teammates were all there and kept me motivated. So with that being said, it allowed me to really have a mindset of perseverance and I was able to persevere through another injury and still be able to hopefully return to dominance."
Help ahead: "Just being on the court alone will probably help those guys getting that extra rest. Jason's been logging 40 minutes, a lot of guys have been playing extreme, large amount of minutes. So I want to be able to relieve them a little bit of that, so they can rest their bodies a tad bit going into the second half of the season."
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