With Monday’s maybe not so shocking news that New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire underwent yet another knee surgery in July, the Knicks aren’t off to such a great start when it comes to injuries, and training camp has yet to begin.
That makes you wonder if injuries will once again doom this Knicks team as it did just a season ago.
Stoudemire is one of many Knicks players that have injury concerns heading into the season.
By the sounds of things, STAT won’t be doing any basketball activities any time soon, which means it looks like once again the Knicks won’t be able to count on the often injured Stoudemire being a major contributor this season.
Maybe even worse, there has been speculation that new general manager Steve Mills top priority was to unload Stoudemire’s unhealthy contract. That was unlikely a less than impossible task to achieve before. The odds of doing so have to be even worse now.
But Stoudemire isn’t the only Knicks player with major injury concerns heading into the season.
Franchise player Carmelo Anthony suffered a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder last season, and whether it will hold up throughout the 2013-14 season is a concern. Anthony opted not to have surgery in the offseason and the health of his shoulder will be a major issue this year.
There’s also reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who underwent knee surgery just days after signing a three-year contract with the team. Smith’s surgery was a minor one, but you just never know with knee injuries, so Smith’s health throughout a long season is also a concern.
Then there is new acquisition Andrea Bargnani who was injury-plagued the past two seasons in Toronto, had pneumonia over the summer and probably won’t be at full strength when camp opens.
Like Stoudemire, who had surgery on both knees and played only 29 games last season, Bargnani is always a question mark when it comes to staying healthy.
Former general manager Glen Grunwald made this team somewhat younger in the offseason and also more talented. But none of that will matter much if the Knicks can’t stay healthy this season.
So far they aren’t off to a good start.