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Knicks’ Stoudemire out indefinitely with bulging disc in back

Mar 26, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire AP

New York is going to have to make some if not all of its stretch run — which is really a fight just to make the playoffs — without Amare Stoudemire.

Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disc in his back, the team announced Monday. Stoudemire injured it against the Pistons Saturday and it had stiffened up since then. He had missed the team’s shootaround Monday to have an MRI on his back, which found the problem.

The reports out of the Knicks said he would  have a “non-surgical procedure” to fix the problem, but there is no date for his return. However, Stoudemire has decided to go to Miami to see a specialist and get a second opinion, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News on twitter.

Coach Mike Woodson said he did not know if Stoudemire would be ready for the playoffs, and that “if” surgery needed later Stoudemire is young and could bounce back. Put it all together and this doesn’t sound good. (Officially this is a bulging disc, different than the herniated disc Baron Davis had.)

Both Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin will be out for a key showdown with the Bucks Monday night (Lin is day-to-day with a sore knee). The Knicks are the 8 seed in the East, 1.5 games up on Milwaukee heading into this game. Lose this game and they are up just half a game — just a whisper away from missing the playoffs all together.

Woodson said he was going to be interested to see how the other Knicks players step up. We all are.

Stoudemire had back problems in the playoffs last season and that is one of the reasons the Knicks were easily swept out of the playoffs.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM


  2. tonystrong - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    This is exactly why the Knicks were insane to amnesty Chauncey’s contract. I know it helped them land Chandler but they are going to regret not saving that amnesty for Amare’s contract, especially considering they could have gotten D-Will or Dwight Howard this off-season had they not wasted it (taking into consideration Dwight not waiving his opt out clause). I live in NY and follow the Knicks closely (though I’m not a fan) and Amare has looked like a shell of the player who dominated the league for 60 games last season. His explosiveness is gone, he’s relied on a mid range game that is average at best, and he can’t rebound with anyone who throws a body on him or who has a decent vertical (although he was never a great rebounder). First it was his knees, how his back that also bothered him all off-season and didn’t allow him to train? This man is falling apart and with 3 years left on the contract, the Knicks could be looking at a 20 million dollar a year shell of himself!

    • thetruth113 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      There’s a reason the Suns were only willing to guarantee 2 years of their contract offer. Dolan was under pressure to pull the team out of the gutter and was forced to give Amare a contract that he had to have known was a massively stupid risk. When the guy that was nearly the face of the franchise for years was coming off a season where they almost made the Finals and he only gets offered 2 years on account of injury risk, buyer beware

  3. illegalblues - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    i’ll miss the good a’mare. he was always fun to watch when he really had it going on.

  4. icutheads718 - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    If they wanted to amnesty him next yr they could.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      No, they cannot. The Knicks used their one and only amnesty on Chauncey Billups to clear the way for the Tyson Chandler signing. That is it.

  5. lmoneyfresh - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    It’s ok, I’m sure Melo has no problem taking all those extra shots.

  6. londonaiooo - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    That sucks. I suffered a bulged disk playing basketball at the end of October and I’m only now getting back to the gym to strengthen up again. Admittedly I haven’t had NBA level medical staff to help me recover, but Amare is looking at a long recovery if it’s badly bulged.

  7. rushbacker - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Knicks fans (and management, apparently) were the ONLY ones who didn’t see this coming. Nice contract.

    • stadix093 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. Although I will admit, I thought his knees would go first. So they have Amare and Baron Davis with bad backs. It is going to be a rough next few years for the Knicks. Feel like I have said this before.

  8. isaiahforreal - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Talk abt bad luck and he was just starting to play well!

  9. jimeejohnson - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    A bad back is the kiss of death for a professional athlete. It isn’t good for the amateur, either.

  10. jumbossportsblog - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  11. ezmagic - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Tough injury. I had 2 bulging discs. Takes some time to completely heal. But he will always have the risk of it happening again.

  12. redstar504 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Too bad for Amare because like many of you have said bulging disks are nasty to have to deal with. The nicks are playing with fire considering the have B-Dizzle with the back already and now Amare with the back as well, not to mention Tyson Chandler has had some chronic foot isues during his career.

    I guess the best way to look at it is I am sure this makes Mellow happy. This can only mean more shots for him right?

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