Whenever the words “Amare” & “knee” are used in the same sentence…nay, same paragraph…New Yorkers can’t help but get nervous.
During a practice on Oct. 10th, Stoudemire banged knees with a teammate and was forced to miss a few games with a “bone bruise.” A week later, when NBATV’s Real Training Camp series came to town, he professed on camera that he was 100%. Today, we find out that he actually has a cyst in that left knee and will be out 2-3 weeks.
While this injury will not need surgery, it’s the same knee that he had microfracture surgery on years ago. Back then, it caused him to miss an entire season with the Phoenix Suns.
This is exactly why the Suns let Amare walk (to N.Y.) as a free agent in 2010…they weren’t able to protect themselves, contractually, against another knee injury.
Knees get banged in practice all the time…..how rarely do you hear about a cyst forming as a result?
So while the Knicks sit and wait for Stoudemire to return to the lineup, resident senior citizens Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby, and Rasheed Wallace will try to hold down the fort.
Expect to see a lot of Carmelo Anthony at the 4-spot on opening night (…in Brooklyn).
UPDATE: (10/27-12): Knicks announce that Amar’e Stoudemire is now expected to miss 4-5 weeks.