UPDATE 3:19 pm: Amar’e Stoudemire himself said his back is getting better. Or at least it’s getting better at a faster pace than the NBA Labor talks are getting better. Basically, he’ll be ready to go Oct. 1 if the league is. From the New York Post.
“I feel great,’’ Stoudemire said. “Been resting all summer. That’s been my main priority and I feel great.’’
1:04 pm: If Amar’e Stoudemire needs advice on working through a back injury, he may want to call former teammate Steve Nash.
Stoudemire has not fully recovered from a back injury he suffered before Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round series against Boston last April. A Knicks source claims that Stoudemire is approximately “90% healthy” but couldn’t guarantee that the six-time All-Star would be available if the NBA season begins on time.
Stoudemire, who took most of July off to rest his back, is scheduled to resume workouts in Florida within the next couple of weeks.
Stoudemire wasn’t just taking the summer off to build a fashion empire, he was resting his back. Doctor’s orders.
Bottom line, Stoudemire is the one guy happy the lockout is going to cost the league a few games. Or, if not happy, we’ll go with relieved. The lockout ends up being good for him. A little.
Backs are the kind of thing that has to heal or it can become chronic. Get it right now so that this isn’t flaring up next playoffs
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Tonight the NBA All-Star Game starters will be announced. Then the coaches have a week to vote and the rest of the roster will be put together by them.
This year should see a few first-time All-Stars, guys bursting on the scene and grabbing fans attention — so we asked people on Twitter who they most wanted to see in his first All-Star Game and I break it down in this PBT Extra.
The winner? Giannis Antetokounmpo with 45 percent of the vote. Which shouldn’t be a surprise, he’s second in the fan voting for the frontcourt in the East (behind only LeBron James). Good news for those fans, the Greek Freak is almost guaranteed to be a starter, he’s getting plenty of media votes and likely a lot from the players as well.
Second place in the poll? Joel Embiid of the Sixers. I’d love to see him, but will players and media members vote in a guy on a minutes restriction? Will the coaches pick him for that same reason? He is on the bubble.