Originally written October 30, 2012 on NESN.com:
With all the problems the Knicks had getting their lineup to play well together last season, maybe this isn't bad news. Amar'e Stoudemire will miss the first six weeks of the NBA season with left knee problems, Chris Broussard of ESPNNewYork.com reports. Stoudemire had microfracture surgery on that knee in 2005, and he ruptured a popliteal cyst in the same area on Oct. 29 this preseason. While Stoudemire is a big part of New York's offense, the Knicks have learned how to play without him before. Stoudemire has missed quite a few games since joining the team in 2010 as the big prize from the offseason free agent hunt. He played just 47 games last year in the lockout-shortened season, missing time with a back injury and then being sidelined in the playoffs after he punched a fire extinguisher case and cut his hand. A bigger concern for the Knicks, though, is how well Stoudemire plays when he is healthy. While Stoudemire anchored the team when he first ...
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