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Amar’e Stoudemire seeks second opinion on knee, may miss first month of the season

Oct 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire AP

When the news broke that Amar’e Stoudemire was experiencing an issue with his left knee, it was supposed to be relatively minor. At the time, it was expected that he’d miss the Knicks season opener, along with maybe another game or two beyond that.

It now appears that he’ll be out a little longer, according to a report from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

Stoudemire is consulting with Phoenix Suns orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Carter, according to a Suns source. Dr. Carter performed microfracture surgery on Stoudemire’s left knee in 2005. It is customary, and in some cases encouraged by teams, that players get a second opinion from an independent physician.

The Knicks team doctors discovered that Stoudemire suffered a ruptured cyst on his left knee during last week’s exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors. The timetable given by the Knicks for Stoudemire’s return is two to four weeks but the same source says a more plausible timetable is four to five weeks.

Under that scenario, the Knicks will be without their second leading scorer for most of November when they’ll play 15 games in the month, including nine on the road.

The second opinion part isn’t all that worrisome, but let’s hope that the fact that the consultation is taking place with the same doctor that performed the microfracture surgery is merely a coincidence.

With Tyson Chandler a little banged up (though he says he’ll be ready for opening night), this leaves the Knicks with some unpleasant front line options. They’re looking at potentially starting Kurt Thomas, with not a whole lot of depth available after that. And you know Rasheed Wallace is nowhere near game shape.

If there’s a silver lining here, it might be Carmelo Anthony getting more comfortable at the four. But with the injuries already piling up as the season approaches, all the production in the world from Anthony might not prevent the team from getting off to disappointingly slow start.

  1. jayquintana - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Looks like A-Rod’s contract isn’t the only bad one in NYC.

  2. hojo20 - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Maybe Sheed can step up and play like it was 1998 again.

  3. badintent - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Add him to the list, Dirk, half the NBA players over 30. Gotta be the shoes !! And the extra weight they pack on in the weight room over the winter.

  4. succulentnipples - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    The Knicks. Hahaha. The Knicks.

  5. eventhorizon04 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    “If there’s a silver lining here, it might be Carmelo Anthony getting more comfortable at the four.”

    I don’t view that as a silver-lining at all. The only way this team can contend is if their 3 best players – Carmelo, Chandler, and Stoudamire – learn how to play together and become more effective while sharing the court instead of less effective.

    When Boston’s Big-3 came together, their individual stats went down a bit, but they became far more successful in the playoffs. Same with Miami’s Big 3.

    Those guys had to step outside of their comfort zones and learn what roles to fill and what roles to cede to others. The priority for the Knicks is for Carmelo and Amar’e to get comfortable *playing together*, not to get Carmelo playing at the 4.

  6. rodge1 - Oct 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Amare shouldn’t have knee’d the fire extinguisher.

  7. 91devinhester23 - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    great… more excuses for why the knicks are bad besides the knicks are bad

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