This must be what coaches mean when listing a player’s status as “day-to-day.”

On Friday Amar’e Stoudemire had not yet been cleared for contact. On Saturday he was cleared and practiced with the Knicks in half-court situations.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

Stoudemire was cleared for contact and participated in half-court drills Saturday. It was the first contact for Stoudemire since he underwent surgery on his knee over the summer. …

The Knicks and Stoudemire are hopeful he can play in the season opener on Oct. 30 but there are no guarantees at this point.

“If there’s no setbacks we hope he’ll be there for opening night” [Knicks head coach Mike Woodson] said. “We’ll have some practice time prior to us opening and we’ll scrimmage a lot more and try to hopefully tailor some minutes in the scrimmage that will carry over into the regular season. It’s a day at a time.”

Stoudemire said he felt “explosive” during the practice session but didn’t seem as though getting back by opening night was exactly a priority.