Stoudemire still sidelined by sore knee

Updated: October 9, 2005, 1:30 AM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The revamped Phoenix Suns locked up in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night in front of 7,688 spectators at the University of Arizona's McKale Center, still without the services of All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire.

Seven offseason acquisitions took the court for the Suns.

"The new guys came in and got an idea of our style," said Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni. "Their spacing was good and they're starting to get in a rhythm with running up and down the court. It's reassuring to see those guys filling their roles."

Just three players from the current roster -- Leandro Barbosa, Shawn Marion and Steve Nash -- were on the Phoenix roster for last season's training camp.

Meanwhile, Stoudemire's status remains in question as he continues to suffer from soreness in his left knee.

"It's the type of deal where he'll go see another doctor, get two or three opinions and then try to make the decision from there," D'Antoni said. "Hopefully that happens quick so we can get him back pretty soon."

Stoudemire, a 6-foot-10 power forward who played center for the Suns last season, signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension on Monday.

During Saturday's scrimmage, Shawn Marion led all scorers with 29 points, guiding his orange-uniformed crew back from a seven-point halftime deficit, to share an 83-83 tie.

"Everybody is still learning what each other can do out there," Marion said. "We're getting used to each other. I think you saw that tonight. But we still moved it aggressively."

Marion was flanked by 24 points from free-agent signee Raja Bell, usually known as a defensive expert.

Steve Nash directed the white-jerseyed Suns squad, racking up a double-double with 22 points and 11 assists.

Center Kurt Thomas, acquired in an offseason trade from New York, also notched a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds and scoring 12 points.


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