01:29 PM ET 11.30 | How close is Amar'e Stoudemire to returning to the court for the New York Knicks? At this point, Christmas is looking to be the most likely date. A source told the New York Post that hopes of Stoudemire returning in mid-December are dwindling, making Christmas a more reasonable target. Stoudemire has not played after undergoing left knee surgery in October. In his absence, the Knicks have gotten off to a 10-4 start, which has them tied with the rival Brooklyn Nets for second in the Eastern Conference.