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Swelling in knee could force Stoudemire to sit out next game

11/6/2007 - NBA Amare Stoudemire Phoenix Suns + more

PHOENIX -- Swelling in his right knee could sideline Amare Stoudemire for the second game in a row when the Phoenix Suns begin
a four-game-in-six-days road trip Tuesday night in Charlotte.

"It all depends on how I feel," Stoudemire said after the Suns
practiced on Monday. "If I feel good tomorrow, then I'll play. If
not, then I'll sit it out. There's no pressure being put on me by
the staff or the trainers."

Stoudemire watched film, lifted weights and did some shooting
while his teammates practiced. He sat out Phoenix's 103-92 victory
over Cleveland on Sunday. The All-Star forward underwent
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 2.

He missed virtually all the 2005-06 season after microfracture
surgery on his left knee. The latest surgery was considered minor,
and Stoudemire had come back strong before the swelling occurred.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he was not concerned about any
long-term impact.

"Maybe it's just a normal thing, just a little too much
activity, maybe," D'Antoni said. "Whatever it is, with a couple
of days' rest, he'll be fine."

Stoudemire, the only player to appear in all 82 regular-season
Suns games last season, said he is taking a cautious approach.

"It's early, I've got a long career," he said. "You can't win
a championship in November, but you can lose one, you know what I'm
saying? I just want to make sure I take my time and get back right
so I'm able to go to war with these guys the next few months."