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VIDEO: Amar'e Stoudemire talks return on 'Rome'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

On Rome with Jim Rome, Amar'e Stoudemire talked about having arthorscopic surgery on his right knee and whether he'll be able to return for the playoffs.

"At this point, after all I've been through and everything, I have persevered [through]," Stoudemire said, "it's something I think I can do. But I'm shooting for it."

Stoudemire had surgery earlier in March. The recovery time was estimated at six weeks, which would put Stoudemire back on the court in mid-April. He missed the first 30 games of the season after the same surgery was performed on his left knee.

The Knicks need Stoudemire back badly for the playoffs. Despite their success without him early in the season, he provides a post presence, something they need in battles with Chicago, Indiana and Miami. He has defensive issues, but he has shown some improvement.

Additionally, the Knicks need some kind of return based on the amount of money they're paying him. And Stoudemire needs it from a confidence standpoint. You get the sense watching him on Rome that his confidence isn't great. It's been a traumatic couple of seasons for him, and getting some solid success on the court would likely do wonders for him.

But until we see him suit up, it's still just a "hope so" and not a "will be."

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