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Knicks confirm Stoudemire to have knee scoped, out 6-8 weeks

Oct 30, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

Reports started swirling on Monday that Amare Stoudemire was going to be out longer than first reported, now 6-8 weeks, because his knee was still giving him problems. And nobody was really all that shocked.

On Tuesday the Knicks confirmed the situation — Stoudemire is going to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be out 6-8 weeks, as confirmed by the Knicks as well as Howard Beck of the New York Times and other Knicks writers.

So you are looking at a mid-to-late December return for Stoudemire. That would be 20 games at least into the season, likely more.

And yet, no Stoudemire could be a real blessing for the Knicks — Mike Woodson has hesitated to play Carmelo Anthony at the four because that is Stoudemire’s spot, and ‘Melo fancies himself a three on the wing. Which often leads to a lot of 20-foot contested jumpers, and while he’s arguable better at that shot than every NBA player who is not a 7-foot German scoring machine, it’s still an inefficient way to get your points.

But ‘Melo plays better at the four and the Knicks are better when he’s there. As our own D.J. Foster pointed out yesterday — according to, Anthony had a PER of 29.5 as a power forward compared to a 17.4 PER at small forward. Look at the Knicks most efficient five-man lineups and they had no Stoudemire and Anthony at the four.

This injury forces Woodson and Anthony to do what is right for the team.

Not that things are all good. This injury leaves the Knicks thin along the front lines — Marcus Camby is questionable at best for the opener, Rasheed Wallace’s mind is willing but his flesh is out of game shape, and then you’re down to Chris Copeland. Tyson Chandler is going to get some heavy minutes early.

  1. rj2323 - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    This is the exact reason why the suns didn’t want to give this guy a max deal

    • circuscivics - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      No they didn’t want to give him a max deal because the Suns owner, by NBA standars, is CHEAP!

  2. savvybynature - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    They should have kept Lin and paired him with Stoudemire in the second unit. PnR all day while Anthony and Chandler rested.

    Alas, too many egos to work, I know. But basketball wise it would have made sense.

    • circuscivics - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Lin sucks at the pick n roll. coming off the pick all he could see was chandler rolling to the rim for a lob. he didn’t see the perimeter guys or wings who came open after the defense rotated. felton actually is more efficient in the pick and roll. him and STAT were tough to stop. if STAT sucked the defense in the lane, felton found the open guy or drove. Lin’s vision was very limited.

  3. lakerluver - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    The Knicks are screwed.

  4. circuscivics - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Yes Kurt we get it. You want to see Carmelo at the 4 more. every article regarding the Knicks you mention how “great” Carmelo is at the 4 spot. The article could be about Isiah Thomas coming back to the knicks and some how you mention Carmelo going to the power forward position. Talk about a wet dream.

    • nbascreed - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Kurt’s analysis is total bunk….Melo “fancies himself a wing”??? Wtf??? He IS a wing, the 3rd best in the league and one of the best over the last 10 years. He strokes that 20 footer to which you casually refer. Why would anyone want to give up their bread and butter just b/c a couple writers are hell bent on subscribing to their favorite GMs orthodoxy. The guy has been an ELITE perimter scorer for 10 yea wrs and now you want him to go play in the post solely b/c Lebron (whose skillset and body are TOTALLY different than Melo btw) did it? I guess.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        I don’t want him to play in the post, I want him to play the four as a guy who can stretch the floor. It’s about who is matched up on him. It works. Look at the numbers.

  5. dysraw1 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    being a big fan of STAT,and having followed his career,i have 1 word perseverance

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