New York Knicks star does not understand why he isn't playing

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New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire has revealed he has been passed fit to return to action.

Stoudemire, who has been blighted by injury this season, played just 17 minutes in the Knicks' recent defeat against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Many have put his lack of minutes of late down to injury however Stoudemire has refuted claims he is not fully fit.

Stoudemire, speaking to the New York Post, said on his fitness: “From a doctor’s standpoint, there hasn’t been limitations since the first week of the season, so we can’t keep saying limitations - that’s a coach’s decision at the end of the day.

“I feel great. I am ready to play. But it’s up to him if he wants to play me or not."

Stoudemire may have fallen out of favour under Knicks head coach Mike Woodson due to his poor form this season.

The 31-year-old has averaged just 9.3 points per game, which is by far his worst spell at the Knicks since moving to Madison Square Garden from the Phoenix Suns in 2010.

Stoudemire has revealed that he has spoken to Woodson about his lack of game-time in recent weeks.

“Yeah, I talk to Coach all the time about it.

"He knows I’m ready. He knows how hard I train. He watches me in the weight room and also on the basketball court.

"The whole training staff knows, the Knicks organization knows how hard I train. I’m ready to play, but it depends on how the game’s played."

Stoudemire will be hoping he can get some more minutes under his belt on Wednesday night, as the Knicks host the Portland Trail Blazers.

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