Amar’e Stoudemire’s season has begun to quickly dwindle before it ever even got started. Stoudemire’s 2-3 week recovery period, as originally
predicted by the Knicks, has been extended to 6-8 weeks. From Howard Beck:
Debridement is a form of surgery where – I guess – they’ll remove stuff from Amar’e’s knee, like the ruptured cyst that originally caused the problems and prolonged absence. Stoudemire’s left knee is the same one he had microfracture surgery on in 2005, according to Chris Broussard.
No one much believed the Knicks when they said Stoudemire would miss only two to three weeks, as the team’s staff has a brutal history of misdiagnosing injuries and recovery periods. Now, however, the Knicks may not see Stoudemire on the floor until late December or even January. In his absence, Carmelo Anthony will almost assuredly see playing time at the power forward (perhaps the only positive of the injury), while Chris Copeland and Kurt Thomas will likely see some minutes there as well.