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Stoudemire has ruptured cyst in knee, to miss start of Knicks’ season

Oct 21, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

New York Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

This is not an ideal start to the season in Manhattan.

Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks regular season opener against the Nets, likely followed by another game or two, as he recovers from a minor knee problem. Al Iannazzone, who covers the Knicks for Newsday, broke the story.

This is, in and of itself, not that serious (if the cyst really is all there is). It doesn’t require surgery. He likely misses just a few games. But there are bigger implications and questions.

First, popliteal cysts are often a sign of arthritis or other damage. More chronic issues.

The other issue, the big question, is how does coach Mike Woodson adjust his starting lineup? I would recommend moving Carmelo Anthony to the four spot, where he can be very dangerous (he was for Team USA this summer) and essentially go with a smaller, quicker lineup anchored by Tyson Chandler in the paint. Start Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Ronnie Brewer, Anthony and Chandler. I’ve got a feeling as the season goes on that may be a very effective lineup for the Knicks. (Even though that could create waves in the NYC media as they see the team is less effective with Stoudemire on the floor.)

‘Melo at the four is especially smart since Woodson’s next likely option at the four is Kurt Thomas. Anthony can still be on the wing like he wants from the four spot, but if the Knicks are playing Thomas as the starter it’s going to be a rough way to start the season. (Technically the Knicks could go the other way and go big, put Marcus Camby at the four, but then there is no center depth and he can’t really handle the minutes.)

The fun is already starting in New York.

  1. money2long - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    a building in downtown manhattan tipped over due to the collective sigh of knicks fans.

    • money2long - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      this injury just put a little damper on their couple made-for-tv opening games.

  2. readysethike - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    carmelo speaking in the third person a couple weeks ago has said he would not want to play the 4

  3. nbascreed - Oct 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    “(Technically the Knicks could go the other way and go big, put Marcus Camby at the four, but then there is no center depth and he can’t really handle the minutes.)”

    What?!?!? When has anyone ever suggested using Camby as a 4 in any situation on any team in his career?

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      When he came out of UMass to the Raptors he was.

  4. dysraw1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    ok here we go i say put Hollis in his spot, vets are great teachers,they just can’t be on the floor long. lol

  5. michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    RA-SHEED WALLACE!!

  6. eflem80 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Unbelievable…..

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Sighhh…

  8. badintent - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    “THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR , …IS FEAR IT’S SELF.”
    MAN UP ! WE’RE NEW YORKERS, NOT PHILLY FANS.

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