New York Knicks big man, Amar’e Stoudemire, has sustained several injuries throughout his career, but since missing most of the 2005-2006 season after knee surgery, he has enjoyed full, healthy and productive years. However this week, Stoudemire was hit with a setback, albeit a minor one, that will keep him out of action for 2-3 weeks.
According to ESPN, the Knicks announced Sunday that Stoudemire has a ruptured popliteal cyst behind his left knee, the same knee he has surgery on in 2005. He suffered a bone bruise on the knee back on Oct. 10 during a practice, but it wasn’t until he returned to New York to have it re-evaluated, that the latest injury was discovered via MRI.
The announcement comes just two days after Stoudemire made his preseason debut against the Toronto Raptors. He looked fine then, scoring 18 points in just 26 minutes on eight of 11 shooting, but apparently he could have been re-aggravating that injury he sustained on Oct. 10. Now, he will likely miss the first week of the regular season, which will include games against the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Knicks are obviously hopeful that he makes his return to the floor as soon as possible, but also has to be concerned with the possibility that playing him too soon could exacerbate the situation. Knee problems are often nagging, and with someone who has a history of knee injuries, there is certainly a chance Stoudemire could miss extended time if things get worse.