The knee injury to New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire looks a lot worse than originally thought, which could be bad news for the Knicks as the season is set to begin on Thursday in Brooklyn.
Stoudemire is seeking a second opinion on the knee injury, which was originally said to keep him out 2-3 weeks, but now could see him miss up to a month of the regular season.
The Knicks’ original timetable stated that Stoudemire would miss anywhere from the first four to 11 days of the season. But the New York Daily News earlier reported that Stoudemire would be going for a second opinion on the knee. The paper reported that Stoudemire could miss the first month of the season.
“He could still be back in two weeks, but they don’t know,” a league source told ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Stoudemire first injured his knee in a practice collision with teammate Chris Copeland. The Knicks originally called it a bone bruise but following an MRI, it was later determined that Stoudemire had ruptured a popliteal cyst behind his left knee.
Stoudemire’s left knee has been an issue in the past. He underwent microfracture surgery in October 2005, but bounced back well from the procedure.
Now seven years later, Stoudemire’s body keeps betraying him.
If STAT is out of the lineup for a month, Kurt Thomas will likely start at the 4 with the likes of Chris Copeland and Rasheed Wallace likely having bigger roles than originally planned on.
It also will create an opportunity for Carmelo Anthony to play the 4 more, a position he excelled at a season ago and in the London Olympics.
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