Stoudemire to Miss Six Weeks Due to Knee Injury
New York, NY
The New York Knicks have suffered a big blow after forward Amar'e Stoudemire re-injured his surgically repaired left knee and will be sidelined for the first six weeks of the regular season.
The Knicks initially thought that Stoudemire would return to action in two or three weeks after rupturing a popliteal cyst behind the knee during New York's exhibition game against Toronto on Oct. 19.
However, a second opinion from Phoenix Suns team doctor Thomas Carter determined that Stoudemire's injury would need more time to heal. Carter performed microfracture surgery on Stoudemire's left knee when he was still playing with the Suns in 2005.
A source said it is not clear whether Stoudemire will use the extra time off to have a procedure or for rest and rehab.
The Knicks are expected to make an official announcement Tuesday, added another source.
New York, despite being aware of Stoudemire's knee problems, signed the forward to a five-year, $100 million contract. Because of the condition of his knees, the contract is uninsured.
Last season, Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in 47 games for the Knicks. In 641 career games, he normed 21.6 points and 8.7 rebounds.
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