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Is Amare Stoudemire’s back fully healed? Good question.

Amare Stoudemire

New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire leaves the court after the Knicks’ 87-85 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series, in Boston on Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)


Sunday Drew Gooden hosted a charity game (we already brought you the highlights) but there is one unresolved issue from that game:

In what shape is Amare Stoudemire’s back?

It bothered him at the end of last season and slowed him some this summer, but he has said he was healthy. Then he missed Gooden’s charity game and when asked why organizers said he had a sore back. That’s not good. Not good at all.

But is it true? Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters told Newsday that the back was not why he missed the game.

“He is fine,” Walters said. “He’s working out.”

Walters wouldn’t elaborate, but it seems likely that Amar’e decided to pull out of the game, which was held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif., and the back injury was used as an excuse.

Take that how you wish. I’d tell Knicks fans to be concerned if there was the chance of games soon, but as there is not this is just something to watch whenever the Knicks do have training camp again.