Stop me if you have heard this one before, but New York Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire has apparently injured his knee again.
The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola has reported that Stoudemire underwent another knee surgery over the summer, something that was kept quiet by the team.
According to a Knicks source, Stoudemire had an unreported surgical procedure in July to repair one of his ailing knees. The Knicks open camp on Tuesday and have yet to announce that Stoudemire has had a third knee operation in 12 months. The surgery was described as “clean up” and isn’t considered major.
It not being major is good news, but the secrecy from the organization around the procedure is definitely not good news.
Hiding it seems like a true indication that the Knicks feel like they can’t rely on Stoudemire to ever get back to being healthy enough for this team to contend for a championship.
Stoudemire appeared in just 29 games last season and had debridement surgeries on both of his knees, the right knee in October and the left in March. He was also on a strict minutes restriction a season ago, something that was the plan for him this year as well.
STAT is entering the fourth season of a five-year, $100 million contract that is not insured thanks to previous knee problems.
We have heard from the likes of teammates like point guard Raymond Felton that Stoudemire was not taking part in pre-camp drills because he was resting, when in fact it looks as if he has been recovering from yet another surgery.
Who knows what the time table is for Stoudemire’s recovery?
Judging by the past procedures he has had done on his knees, it is going to take some time.
That alone is sad for Stoudemire because no one works as hard and no one wants to win in New York more than STAT.
But maybe it is time for Knicks fans to come to grips with the fact that Stoudemire will never be close to the player he once was and can’t be counted on to help this team win.
It looks like the Knicks organization has already come to grips with that.