New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire has revealed he was disappointed to have had to sit out his side's win over struggling Western Conference franchise Utah Jazz.
The 31-year-old watched his side's narrow 92-83 win over the Jazz from the bleachers.
Stoudemire was rested for the New York Knicks' clash against the struggling Jazz because the power forward wants to be fully fit for his side's busy April schedule.
New York Knicks boss Mike Woodson revealed after the game that Stoudemire was 'sore' and that he had a planned day off.
Stoudemire said on his fitness: “I want to make sure I’m still strong for next month.
“It’s not easy to sit out these type of games, but we got a tough schedule coming up next month against important teams and I want to make sure I’m full strength."
The New York Knicks' win over the Jazz puts them within just one game of a playoff spot.
Woodson will be hoping his side can overtake the Atlanta Hawks in a month that that they play their last seven games.
The Knicks take on Brooklyn twice, Toronto twice, Washington, Miami and Chicago before they hope to compete in the playoffs.