Mike Woodson hinted that Amar'e Stoudemire may not be allowed to play more than 20 minutes per game this season.

"We've just got to figure out if it's going to be 10 minutes 15 20. We won't know at this point until he's back on the floor and seeing how things are going" Woodson said Tuesday.

Stoudemire averaged 23.5 minutes per game last season when he was limited to 30 minutes per game by the team's medical staff. The minutes limit proved prudent because Stoudemire needed a second knee surgery in March after he experienced soreness following a four-games-in-five nights stretch.

In two of those games the 30-year-old Stoudemire played more than 30 minutes.

Stoudemire will likely be on a stricter minutes count this year.

"I thought we were really doing a pretty good job managing his minutes last season" Woodson said. "And they were I thought positive minutes in terms of helping us win basketball games when he was in there."