Stoudemire began practicing in mid-December following preseason surgery on his left knee, which he injured in October. He originally targeted Christmas Day for a return but had to tone down those expectations.
The Knicks, who have the fifth-best record in the NBA at 21-9, could be without All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, who hyperextended a knee last week and has missed two games. New York is only a half-game behind the Miami Heat (21-8) for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
There has been much speculation that the return of Stoudemire will upset the rotation and, eventually, early success of the Knicks. Anthony disagrees with that assessment.
"It felt good today seeing him back out there, running our offense, getting him back into the flow of things ... he’s fitting right in," Anthony said last week. "Right now, it’s all about him getting his legs underneath of him. When he’s ready to come back, our arms are open for him."