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Amar’e Stoudemire to miss six weeks after MRI reveals need for knee surgery

Mar 9, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Reuters

Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to be out approximately six weeks due to a knee debridement procedure he will have this week, the Knicks announced on Saturday.

Stoudemire was initially listed as a game-time decision for Saturday’s game against the Jazz after reporting soreness in both knees, but an MRI later in the day revealed the need for surgery, reports Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

Stoudemire missed the first two months of the season with a similar procedure, and required eight weeks to recover. If he was able to get back within six weeks from this one, that would be just in time for the Knicks’ run into the postseason.

But obviously, that’s a best-case scenario.

Even if Stoudemire was back on the court exactly six weeks from now, he’d likely need a few games at minimum to get back into shape, and then a few more after that to get back to playing at the level he had been recently.

Stoudemire was under a 30-minute per game limit, and was right up against that number in New York’s last three games, playing 29, 31, and 32 minutes in a loss to Oklahoma City, and wins against Detroit and Cleveland.

In five games in March, Stoudemire has averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and a blocked shot per game, but had scored 22 points in two of his last three.

Stoudemire’s loss is big for the Knicks in terms of where they’ll land in the Eastern Conference standings at the end of the season. New York currently sits at third, a half game behind the Pacers for second, but just two and a half games ahead of Brooklyn who sits at four, with the next three teams not more than a game and a half beyond that.

Carmelo Anthony is also dealing with a knee injury, which will keep him sidelined for the third straight game on Saturday.

  1. kb2408 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    The Knicks just can’t catch a break. Amare will never be worth the huge contract he has.

    • dko83 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:50 AM

      Good call. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9030601/the-worst-contracts-nba

    • hehateme2 - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      This franchise can’t get out of its own way yet again.

    • rgwardri - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Amare’s knees were the reason the Suns did not match New York’s offer when he went to New York! I loved Amare when he played for the Suns, unfortunately his knees are an issue that has limited his play and this time it may be the end of his career unfortunately!

  2. moe0594 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Maybe that’s a good thing. They can go back to how they were playing at the beginning of the season.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    We’ll be fine. The interior scoring will be missed to a degree, but we have Camby back, and Martin will get minutes, meaning better defense (since Stoudemire on defense gave back every single point he scored offensively, anyway) and rebounding.

    • badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Time for K-Mart’s head in be a good place and keep it there, he gonna get some major minutes now.Besides, the fight between K-Mart and KG will be lots of fun. Rondo will come to KG rescue…oh no, Rondo no can. Doc got a new plan.”Honey I Strank the Nutts” now I look like Jose Cancesco.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Only 3 years, $65 million left.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      If you are going to come in and make a moose-headed comment, at least get the facts right. It’s 2 and 38, and keep your eyes on your own team. You have this year and next to win titles before it’s broken up.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

        Jeez, jus a little ball-busting my man. Lord knows youve busted on us a fewvtimes in your day. Anyway, I got the numbers from Bill Simmons. Came from yesterday’s article on Grantland called “The Worst Contracts in the NBA” and it had a big picture of Amare at the top. Don’t blame me.

        And I’m not worried about 14-15, with the refs being in our pocket and all.

      • miamatt - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        #1: I’m pretty sure the Knicks would kill for just one year of legitimately competing for a title, let alone two.

        #2: Keep dreaming that Miami gets broken up in a year and a half, that junk is nothing but media speculation. All of Miami’s big 3 will opt out because it makes business sense, and I wouldn’t bet against all 3 re-signing one more long-term deal. And even if the Heat do get broken up in a couple of years, the Knicks will be right behind them. The only difference? Miami’s teams will actually have gotten something done.

        @1972- I saw that article too, the confusing aspect was that they counted THIS year- which is almost over- among the years remaining on the contracts mentioned. In any case, it’s hysterical that the Knicks have not one but two players on their roster making more than either LeBron, Wade, and Bosh.

        “Financially, I’ll sacrifice for the team. It shows for some of the top guys, it isn’t all about money.” -LBJ

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        2 and 38 buys a lot of fire extinguishers

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Yeah, Bill Simmons’ article included the salaries of this season in his contract totals.

      Annual terms, for those who are interested:

      2012-2013: $19,948,799

      2013-2014: $21,679,893

      2014-2015: $23,410,988

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        This season is virtually over.

        Anyway, look at all the Heat fan trolls who populate all over social media thumbing down comments that speak positively of the Knicks. Pathetic how shook these clowns are. Needed the refs to finally beat the Knicks this year. Embarrassing.

    • badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      Great to see NBA giving KOBE the LBJ “No foul ” treatment the past 2 weeks. The $$$$$ goes to Herr STern’s retirement fund.

      • badintent - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        thanks for the thumbs down laker fans, but your team is still only # 3 in Cali. Call some fouls on Kobe, or did he stop playing Defense altogether after the All-Star Break ?

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      This coming from the team paying Bosh Spice a million dollars per rebound.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        by that math the Knicks are paying Amare a million dollars per .0012 rebound..

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    “You have this year and next to win titles before it’s broken up.”

    Hahahahaha…Knicks ain’t gonna be anywhere near a title so long as Lebron’s talents are in Miami.

    Stoudemire’s huge, uninsured, contract is just another in a long line of disastrous moves made by Knick mgmt (how’s Reynaldo Balkman working out instead of Rajon Rondo?)

    And how’s Denver doing since it rooked New York in the Carmelo trade?

  6. steelers4385 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Im done with this guy. Just retire. Such a waste of oxygen

    • badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      I’m done with Ben. ALWAYS HURT. What’s left on his contract ? Steel curtain #1 again and all he can do is put 8 wins on the board ? Pathetic.

  7. jda247 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Amnesty this guy already

    • limonadamas - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      They can’t. They wasted their amnesty already on Chauncey Billups. Boggles my mind.

  8. chrismt79 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Good thing the grabbed Martin up.

  9. 950003cups - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Amare sucks anyway. That no good lazy bum. Glad Dolan has to pay him. Dumbest owner in all sports.

    • money2long - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      stat was actually playing well, especially for what his team needed and expected from him. just stop it.

    • money2long - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      also..lazy bum? i wanna see you get microfracture surgery and dunk a basketball after. don’t ever associate the word lazy to amare. he is far from that. his whole life has been a struggle he’s fought to overcome. you don’t know what you’re saying.

  10. deavn - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    They wasted WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much time and money on him.

  11. senioreditor2 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Amare started the rebuilding process because NO big name free agents would go to New York UNTIL he signed there. I know he’s still owed alot but he had other comparable offers from others and chose to go to NY.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      No he didn’t have comparable offers. The Knicks were the only team willing to fully guarantee a five-year max deal.

  12. mungman69 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Knicks won’t beat Miami this year anyway. Try for next year.

    • money2long - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      i think they probably said ny wouldn’t beat them when they met in the reg season too. and the knicks beat them twice. the knicks are capable of running with miami. i think ur just caught in the allure of the heat. they are very beatable. and ny is one team that is capable of carrying that out even in the post season. sorry to burst your bubble.

  13. chrismt79 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Good thing they grabbed Martine when they did.

  14. chrismt79 - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Martin will be a nice addition. They were moving the ball and playing better team ball without Stat anyway. Martin, despite his poor approach to conflict resolution in locker room and otherwise, doesn’t demand the ball as much. Hopefully they get boards and put backs as needed, and can keep his mmm mmmm mmoouth shut.

  15. dysraw1 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Hey Amar’e Stoudemire has earned every dime, folks forget that he was the star attraction before Melo got here. while the media kept the dream alive Lebrron was coming Amar’e was the man that came here and brougt about the change. lets hope he can continue to be the fine and individual he has been on and off the court

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