A knee bruise initially meant to keep Amar'e Stoudemire out for a few preseason games will now require arthroscopic surgery and cause the New York Knicks' star to miss 6-to-8 weeks, as first reported by Howard Beck of The New York Times
Stoudemire's injury has gotten more and more dire: he was initially believed to have merely just banged knees with a teammate in practice and suited up for the team's Oct. 19 preseason game after missing a few exhibitions. However, the seriousness of the injury increased with every bit of new news: Stoudemire was shut down again, then revealed to have a cyst in his knee that would cause him to miss 2-3 weeks. Now, with the start of their season two days away, the Knicks have said that the power forward will miss almost two months of action after getting a left knee debridement, which is another way of referring to arthroscopic surgery.
Stoudemire has been bugged by injuries since coming to New York, notably missing chunks of last season with back issues. The Knicks had hoped the combination of Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire would finally flourish in the upcoming year with the pair actually playing alongside each other for a full year, but Anthony will have to make do by himself.