After missing the remainder of the Knicks playoff series last year with that infamous hand injury, New York power forward Amare Stoudemire will miss the first 6 weeks of the season at least as he recovers from a knee injury that has flared up October 19th when he ruptured a cyst behind his knee.
The initial prognosis on Stoudemire’s knee was two weeks but after getting a second opinion, it was revealed that more time will be needed for the knee to fully heal. At this time it’s not known if the cause for the extended healing period is for procedure or precaution.
ESPN’s “insider” Chris Broussard is reporting that Stoudemire will miss 6-8 weeks, which likely means the big man will be ready for the opening tip of the Knicks 2012 season. The knee in question is the very same knee that Stoudemire had microfracture surgery on back in 2005 which kept him out of agmes when he was playing for the Phoenix Suns.
New York is set for an interesting start to the season now as they will likely be without Tyson Chandler in addition to Stoudemire, and there’s the glaring absence of one-time phenom Jeremy Lin. There hasn’t been a true title contender in New York in the last five years at the very least and this season has a lot riding on it with the kinds of names on the roster.
Stoudemire won’t miss significant time, but a slow start isn’t what the Knicks want to see and without their big man that might be what ends up happening.