Knicks' Stoudemire has 1st practice of season

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Houston Rockets\' Jeremy Lin, right, talks to former New York Knicks teammate Amare Stoudemire before an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The game marks Lin\'s return to New York after leaving in the offseason. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)


NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire practiced for the first time this season Tuesday, though the Knicks forward isn't sure when he can return.

Stoudemire scrimmaged with Erie, the Knicks' NBA Development League affiliate, which was practicing at the Knicks' training center. The Knicks weren't planning to have a full-court workout, so they decided to give Stoudemire work with the BayHawks.

Stoudemire has been out all season after left knee surgery. He told reporters he felt soreness after the practice, but has been very pleased with his progress.

The Knicks have three more games on their six-game homestand, then travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Christmas. Stoudemire said he doesn't know if he will be ready for any of those games.

He also added he would be willing to come off the bench if necessary, saying "whatever it takes to win, that's the goal."