The New York Knicks announced on Saturday that Amar’e Stoudemire will be out the next 6 weeks in order to get arthroscopic knee surgery later this week. Stoudemire felt soreness in both of his knees during practice on Saturday and a MRI later revealed that Stoudemire would indeed need surgery.
This means that Stoudemire can return at the very end of the regular season, just in time for the playoffs. But the quickly aging 30-year-old may find himself completely out of game shape by then.
Head Coach Mike Woodson said, "He wants to play and be on the basketball floor so I can't help but think that he's going to put the time in ... to get back out on the floor to help us."
This also means that the Knicks may sign Kenyon Martin for the rest of the regular season. The veteran power forward said, "That's why I'm here, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get some more playing time. It's a very, very unfortunate situation."
The Knicks will now have to rely on their 3-point shooting more than ever before. Without a true low post presence, the Knicks will have to put more 3-point shooters on the floor with Carmelo Anthony in order to get the most out of their offense.