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Report: Amar’e Stoudemire underwent knee surgery this summer

Sep 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

source: ReutersAmar’e Stoudemire appeared in just 29 games for the Knicks a season ago due to undergoing two separate procedures on his knees. It was thought that a summer with minimal basketball activity might have him rested and ready to play a bigger role, but now comes word that Stoudemire had surgery one more time back in July, calling his potential to contribute during the upcoming season into question.

From Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

According to a Knicks source, Stoudemire had an unreported surgical procedure in July to repair one of his ailing knees. The Knicks open camp on Tuesday and have yet to announce that Stoudemire has had a third knee operation in 12 months. The surgery was described as “clean up” and isn’t considered major.

However, the secrecy surrounding Stoudemire’s latest health issue could be an indication that the club is not optimistic that they can rely on the veteran power forward.

It’s unclear if Stoudemire will be ready to go for the start of training camp on Monday, but the Knicks’ media day may shed some additional light on his availability.

If the organization knew that Stoudemire would need this surgery, that could have been a factor which created the urgency to make the deal that brought Andrea Bargnani over from the Raptors.

Stoudemire is on the books for two more seasons at more than $45 million, on a contract that was uninsurable due to his previous injury history. The Knicks offered him a max deal back in 2010 when the Suns would not, on the advice of the Phoenix medical staff which essentially predicted this unfortunate but not-so-surprising turn of events.

  1. balfe13 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Using the amnesty provision on Chauncey Billups when he only had one year left on his deal instead of using it on this albatross of a contract is one of the biggest mistakes in the recent history of the NBA.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      On top of the biggest previous mistake which was signing him to that contract.

      They wouldn’t have had to amnesty Amar’e if they hadn’t signed him in the first place.

      I know, they didn’t amnesty him, but NOT amnestying him was 2nd to signing him in the first place.

  2. cj1403 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    They amnestied Billups so they could acquire Tyson Chandler. Knicks thought that Amare, Tyson and Melo would be an unstoppable Big 3. How naive.

  3. cj1403 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    They amnestied Billups so they could acquire Tyson Chandler. Knicks thought that Amare, Tyson and Melo would be an unstoppable Big 3. How naive.

    • kb2408 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Those 3 could’ve been very good. However, I’m sure they didn’t know Amar’e’s knees would disintegrate. Not a Knocks fan but it’s pretty sad. I remember him dominating Tim Duncan one year in the playoffs with Phoenix.

      • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        We all do . tim was in a funkadelic state of mine.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        The Suns knew his knees would disintegrate and they’re known for having one of the best training staffs in the NBA if not the best.

        So if the team with a great training/medical staff won’t sign him for that amount…

    • kb2408 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Those 3 could’ve been very good. However, I’m sure they didn’t know Amar’e’s knees would disintegrate. Not a Knicks fan but it’s pretty sad. I remember him dominating Tim Duncan in the playoffs while with Phoenix one year. That’s when he was just beginning to blossom. Then he had the eye issue.

  4. hildezero - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    You gotta give props to the Suns medical staff for the prediction of Amare’s future. It’s no secret that they are the best medical staff in the NBA. A lot of coaches, players, and sports journalists have said it many times for many years now. Shaq called Phoenix, “the Fountain Of Youth”.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      They dodged a HUGE bullet!

      It’s so sad too because Amare was one of the most fun players to watch. His 1st year in NY he was in MVP convos and looked like the NY savior. Now it’s just a sad, sad story.

  5. holographicribs - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    What is this? His 19th knee surgery in the last 5 seasons? Hilarious. He and Greg Oden should become roomies and childproof their home with bubblewrap,

  6. balfe13 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    They would’ve had room to sign Chandler if they would’ve amnestied Amar’e originally, as well as room for more players when Chauncey came off the books the next year. Just a horrible decision; everyone could see this coming.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      They would have had room to sign Chandler had they NOT signed Amar’e in the first place…

  7. bux1022 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    No STAT no Melo plain and simple! No stat no return to the playoffs after a decade. It is unfortunate and expensive but he did single handily help rebuild my beloved Knickerbockers.

  8. 950003cups - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I wish he would retire. He doesn’t contribute to winning. The whole “Stat N Melo” thing went to “Splat N Jello”. It was a hoax. A pipe dream.

    I read somewhere that The Dolans made their first million selling snake oil.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Sticking to your Dolan’s making their first million by selling snake oil… well they didn’t force people to buy their snake oil…

      Fools and their money are soon parted…

  9. hildezero - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    XD I’m an Amare’e fan, but that “Splat N Jello” thing is pretty funny. Nice one. Lol.

  10. cruzan80 - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Everyone’s Captain Hindsight now. Half the reason Chandler signed with the Knicks was because of Amare. For all you geniuses who wanna say TODAY that the amnesty of Billups was stupid….heres what they “lost”:

    A 35 year old shoot 1st PG who set to make 14 mil that year (the same amount that was given to Tyson) in two years has played 42 games averaging 11.7 ppg & 3.2 ast. Meanwhile…even with his bum knees…Amare played in 76 games over the past two years averaging 15.8 ppg & 6.4 rebs. Oh, & all Chandler did was change the entire culture of the team & win the DPOY award in the process.

    He & Bosh were considered the two best free agent big men in the league that summer & the Knicks paid him like one. NOBODY can predict injuries.

  11. dysraw1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    i really hope and pray that this man can regain some of that 2010 form, because cruzan80 is right he gave us our swag back. then after a 34pts in playoff game against the Celtics he hurt his back to begin terrible history of injuries, but before that he was all in

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