Amare Stoudemire out for 2 to 3 weeks with knee issues
Amare Stoudemire reportedly took off for home in the morning to have his left knee-revaluated after experiencing soreness. An MRI revealed a ruptured cyst at the back of Amare Stoudemire’s left knee. The condition is referred to as Baker’s cyst or popliteal.
"He was having discomfort last night in Albany, so we sent him home," stated New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson after practice this afternoon.
Mike Woodson had been pleased with Amare Stoudemire’s conditioning level early in the training camp. The six-time All-Star Amare Stoudemire appeared in top form during offseason workouts, never skipping the standard two-times a day routines.
However, Amare Stoudemire missed the New York Knicks’ preseason opener and the following game due to a bone bruising in the knee that he sustained during practice on 10th October.
Amare Stoudemire was back on court on Friday in his preseason debt for the New York Knicks. The power forward scored 18 points against the Toronto Raptors.
While the recent knee injury is being described as a minor issue, in hindsight of Amare Stoudemire prior microfracture surgery in 2005 for the same left knee (when he was still with the Phoenix Suns), there are concerns if it could lead to chronic knee issues. Although Amare Stoudemire sat out basically the complete 2005-06 season, he still managed to build back to his former shape in the following seasons.
Nonetheless, the Phoenix Suns were reluctant to re-signing Amare Stoudemire in the summer of 2010, due health concerns regarding his longevity in the game. That’s when the New York Knicks swooped in and took a major risk by signing him to an uninsured contract.
Since then, Amare Stoudemire has been a vital feature of the New York Knicks’ offensive power. During Amare Stoudemire’s absence in the past two games, Kurt Thomas filled in at power forward. Mike Brown will be again lining-up Kurt Thomas at the spot against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at the Carrier Dome, and Ronnie Brewer Ronnie Brewer may start at shooting guard.
However, Mike Brown could also start Carmelo Anthony at power forward, considering he did a pretty decent job at the spot last season. Carmelo Anthony will still be able to slip in on the wing from the position but Mike Brown will have to fill-in another wing player for major minutes.
The 11th year veteran Amare Stoudemire had other injuries during his career that apart from recurring knee issue and back concerns also include a partially detached retina in his right eye.
During 47 game appearances last season, Amare Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebound per game.
Amare Stoudemire is likely to miss the New York Knicks’ regular-season opener against the recently relocated Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on 1st November.