Posted: Tue December 18, 2012 8:17PM; Updated: Tue December 18, 2012 8:17PM

Stoudemire practices with Knicks' D-League team

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Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire said he felt sore after his first practice back.
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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."

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