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Hardaway working out, eyes return to Knicks

HOUSTON -- New York Knicks reserve guard Penny Hardaway is
working out with a physical therapist in Houston to try to
strengthen his knee so that he can return to the team.

"We're not trying to reinvent the wheel and make me fly through
the air again like when I was 21, but be able to go out there and
just be able to run and function without any problems," Hardaway
told Houston television station KRIV.

The Knicks gave Hardaway permission to work out independently.
He's training with former NBA head coach John Lucas and physical
therapist Russ Paine to fully complete his recovery from knee
surgery three years ago.

Paine said it will take four to six weeks to make significant
strength gains.

"He can't do a lot right now until his leg gets stronger but
hopefully we can just help him maintain his basketball [skills]
until he gets ready to go back to the Knicks," Lucas said.