Miami Heat News: Amar’e Stoudemire Inactive for Heat Season Opener vs. Hornets

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It looks like Amar’e Stoudemire will not play in the Miami Heat season opener, according to Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra says that he’s taking it easy with the veteran big man and that Stoudemire’s absence is officially being listed as “rehabilitative recovery.”

“He’s getting stronger. He’s doing more,” Spoelstra told the media. “This is just part of the plan, part of the program. We just have to keep him moving forward, getting stronger, working on his conditioning and that will be the focus.”

Earlier this month, Spoelstra also claimed that he may rest Stoudemire in back-to-backs to ease the pressure on his surgically-repaired knees.

It seems they’d like the former All-Star to feel as healthy as possible before he logs any quality minutes.

Miami will look to Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Udonis Haslem to back up starting center Hassan Whiteside. The Heat tip off tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET versus the Charlotte Bobcats at home.

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Grant is a life-long Miami Heat fan hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His earliest Heat memories involve Eddie Jones going off on opponents and hoping he'd become the next Michael Jordan. When that didn't pan out, a guy named Dwyane Wade came to Miami and Grant's fandom turned to obsession. He graduated with an English degree from the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Los Angeles.