Nooooo. As the regular season kicks off on November 1st against the Brooklyn Nets, the Knicks are already at a huge disadvantage. With a long list of injuries already burdening the Knicks squad, there was just another addtion to the injured reserve – An MRI on Sunday revealed a ruptured cyst on the back of Amar’e Stoudemire’s left knee and will be out for 2-3 weeks. This is a non-surgical injury and will require rest and treatment.
After missing the first two preseason games with a left Knee bruise, Stoudemire made his preseason debut on Friday against he Toronto raptors where he scored 18 points. Woodson decided to rest him last night against Boston for cautious reasons.
What does this mean for the Knicks team – not only does it mean that almost half of their roster is injured, but it means that our our depth at the PF/C position is extremely thin. We already have Marcus Camby out with a strained calf, who is not making much improvement, and now with Amare out, that means Kurt Thomas and Chandler are going to have to step up their games. This injury could also translate into which rookie the Knicks will sign. Due to lack in depth at the PF/C position, 6’8 Chris Copeland and 6’10 Henry Sims look like better options than James White, Mychel Thomson, and Josh Shurna who are more guard-orriented players. With Copeland looking the best out of all these rookies after he put up a whopping 32 points last night against the Celtics, Stoudemire being out could only increase his case for the last spot on the Knicks roster.
Looking towards the start of the season, Carmelo Anthony will have to put up huge numbers with the number 2 scorer out, and the Knicks will have to rely more on the point guard trio of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni to score. This is not a great start for the Knicks team and hopefully, Amar’e will have a speedy recovery.
List of injuries
Marcus Camby – strained left calf Timeable Return: 1-2 weeks
JR Smith – achilles injury Timeable Return: day-to-day
Chris Smith – surgery on left patella tendon Timeable Return: 3-6 months
Iman Shumpert – torn MCL, ACL Timeable Return: 3 months
Amar’e Stoudemire - ruptured cyst on left knee Timeable Return: 2-3 weeks
Ronnie Brewer - knee surgery Timeable Return: is starting practice now
Rasheed Wallace - out of shape Timeable Return: ???