The left knee injury that Amar’e Stoudemire has had for the past week, which has been described as a bruised knee, is actually much more than that. It was learned today that Stoudemire actually has a ruptured cyst in his knee, which will keep him out of action for the next two to three weeks. Two weeks would mean Stoudemire misses the Knicks’ first two games of the regular season (Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat), while three weeks means he would miss the first five games of the regular season, pegging him for a return on November 13th against the Orlando Magic.
With the Knicks’ efforts to find consistency with Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony on the floor together, this is a huge blow. So far this preseason, Stoudemire has appeared in just one of the four Knicks games. The Knicks also have a hellacious schedule to start the regular season, with four of their first five games against playoff teams from last year, as well as the upgraded Nets, who are expected to contend for a playoff spot this year.
No decision has been made on who will replace Stoudemire in the starting lineup, but Coach Mike Woodson does have options. Anthony, who had a PER of 29.5 playing power foward last season, is one option. However, Anthony has made it known that he prefers to play small forward compared to power foward. Kurt Thomas, who has started three games at power forward this preseason is another option. The injury news on Stoudemire could also mean good news for camp invite Chris Copeland. The 28-year old from Colorado has averaged 15.5 points in four pre-season games and could see his contract guaranteed now that the Knicks will be in need of an extra body for the beginning of the season.
Once again, the Knicks have underplayed an injury, folks!