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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amar’e Stoudemire Out 2-3 Weeks With Ruptured Cyst on his Left Knee

According to ESPN, Amar’e Stoudemire will miss 2-3 weeks due to a ruptured cyst on his left knee.

Stoudemire returned to New York City on Sunday morning to get a reevaluation of his knee, where he suffered a bone bruise on Oct. 10 during practice. An MRI then revealed the latest injury.

The left knee is the same one he had microfracture surgery on in Oct. 2005, when he was a member of the Phoenix Suns. While he missed basically the entire 2005-06 campaign, he came back stronger as ever in the following seasons.

Stoudemire has indeed been no stranger to injuries. He’s had chronic knee problems, a partially detached retina in his right eye and lower back issues, which started in the 2011 NBA playoffs and continued toward the end of last season.

Certainly not the way you want to open the season, especially since the Knicks don’t have any easy schedule to start. So I guess Kurt Thomas will be the Knicks’ opening day starting power forward?

32 comments on “Amar’e Stoudemire Out 2-3 Weeks With Ruptured Cyst on his Left Knee

  1. er

    start kt let him play 15 mins a game, copeland 20, melo/novak split 13 mins at the pf and see how it works

  2. Will the Thrill

    We may be looking at a possible record breaking amount of injuries from this team. Can’t say I’m surprised, just look at our ancient bench.

  3. knicknyk

    I think we should pause on this Copeland talk. He played great but it was just pre-season. If he makes the team I doubt he even sees the floor despite this Amare news.

  4. Will the Thrill

    I hope we see him play with Amare out. I mean, he at least has shown that he can score even if it was only preseason. We are going to really struggle to score with we have Kurt Thomas, Camby, and Rasheed playing most of the minutes at power forward. Unless we suddenly turn into a run and gun team, we will need Melo and JR to be amazing in the half-court, or hope that Felton/Kidd/Prig can run the P&R with Chandler to perfection.

    knicknyk:
    I think we should pause on this Copeland talk. He played great but it was just pre-season. If he makes the team I doubt he even sees the floor despite this Amare news.

  5. Will the Thrill

    I hope that Woodson will play Melo at the 4 and Novak at the 3 a good amount for the beginning of the season.

  6. SeeWhyDee77

    Jeez…speedy recovery Stat. Good news is he only needs to rest it mostly. Bad news is Novak should start as a floor spacer for Melo..but he probably won’t. Hence the bad news cuz Kurt will most likely start. I just don’t want Kurt to hafta play alot of minutes. He can pick and pop and defend so he is a nice stopgap, but it makes our frontcourt reserve situation really thin. If Sheed was ready I wouldn’t worry as much..but he isn’t. Hopefully Copeland gets some minutes on that second unit as he can post and shoot from 18. The way I see it is this injury is only catastrophic if it lingers- being that it is a byproduct of some other issue. I mean..the chemistry between Stat and Melo is bad enough. The more Melo plays without Stat, the more he gets comfortable feeling like he doesn’t need him. As devastating a scorer as he is, the last thing we need is Melo trying to put up 40 a night because he feels like the offense is his show.

  7. ruruland

    Will the Thrill:
    I hope that Woodson will play Melo at the 4 and Novak at the 3 a good amount for the beginning of the season.

    I’d imagine this is what will happen.

    Kurt will play 10-15, and you ride JR, Brewer a little longer, giving Prigioni a chance to get minutes by moving everyone up a position.

    My minutes until Amar’e is back .

    PG: Felton 32 pg
    Prigioni 16 pg

    SG: Smith 20, Brewer 8, Kidd 20

    SF: Melo 10, Smith 8, Brewer 18, Novak 12

    PF: Melo 26, Thomas 10, Novak 12

    Center: Chandler 30, Camby 18

    Copeland can play if foul trouble with bigs.

    Talk about the health risks of an older team all you want, but don’t forget to mention that this team has 14 legitimate rotation players — I’m not aware of a team as deep as the Knicks. They are built to sustain minor injuries.

    No one thought Amar’e was playing 82 games.

  8. ruruland

    ruruland: I’d imagine this is what will happen.

    Kurt will play 10-15, and you ride JR, Brewer a little longer, giving Prigioni a chance to get minutes by moving everyone up a position.

    My minutes until Amar’e is back .

    PG: Felton 32 pg
    Prigioni 16 pg

    SG: Smith 20, Brewer 8, Kidd 20

    SF: Melo 10, Smith 8, Brewer 18, Novak 12

    PF: Melo 26, Thomas 10, Novak 12

    Center: Chandler 30, Camby 18

    Copeland can play if foul trouble with bigs.

    Talk about the health risks of an older team all you want, but don’t forget to mention that this team has 14 legitimate rotation players — I’m not aware of a team as deep as the Knicks. They are built to sustain minor injuries.

    No one thought Amar’e was playing 82 games.

    I like the idea of having Kidd and Prigioni continue to share minutes together. I also really like a Felton, Smith, Brewer, Melo, Chandler lineup.

  9. ruruland

    Hot off the press: “Bank on Kurt to start vs. Nets in Nov. 1 opener and Melo vs. Miami in second game. Melo sounded eager about playing power forward after his Olympic stint at the 5. Here’s Woodson on subject at today’s practice at Carrier Dome. “We can mix and match based on personnel going into games,’’ Woodson said. “If they have a big lineup, you might want Kurt in the game and play Melo in his natural position. If they got a small lineup like Miami plays with Bosh at the center and LeBron at the 4, you can play Melo at the 4. That’s the beauty of having the guys we have.’’

  10. Will the Thrill

    Yes they are deep with a healthy team and they can sustain some injuries but multiple injuries (which this team seems to be built for) are hard to overcome.

    ruruland: Talk about the health risks of an older team all you want, but don’t forget to mention that this team has 14 legitimate rotation players — I’m not aware of a team as deep as the Knicks. They are built to sustain minor injuries.

  11. knicknyk

    yellowboy90:
    Does this push Amar’e to the bench? I guess it depends on if NY wins early.

    I don’t think he needs to go to the bench. Just start melo & amare & sit Amare first & play him more with the second unit. In terms of closing games that is where it gets tricky because both Amare & Melo will want to close games. We saw this against the Raptors in pre-season. Amare was playing really well with the second unit I believe. The ball was going through him. Woodson puts Melo in, Amare doesn’t see the ball anymore & melo continues to miss shots.

  12. Z-man

    Guys, Amare is not coming off the bench. It’s just not gonna happen unless he asks for it, which I doubt he ever does. However, I would bet that Woody will closely monitor how effective they are together vs. alone and adjust accordingly. No matter, neither is gonna be benched in the fourth quarter of tight games, so they absolutely have to figure out how to complement each other.

  13. ruruland

    Will the Thrill:
    Yes they are deep with a healthy team and they can sustain some injuries but multiple injuries (which this team seems to be built for) are hard to overcome.

    You just need 9 out of the 14 guys not named Chandler or Melo, to be in good shape.

  14. massive

    Has anybody else been monitoring the James Harden situation? If James Harden doesn’t sign an extension, chances are that the Thunder will be open to trading him. With all of our 2 guards, we might be able to get them to bite on a James Harden for Shump/Smith (I’d imagine they’d want JR because he more resembles Harden while Shump is more Thabo). Of course this is highly unlikely to happen, but I don’t really see any other team with the pieces to make a trade for James Harden. A trade for James Harden is the only way I can see this team getting any better in the near future (unless we draft the next Tony Parker/Ryan Anderson next year). Personally, I would just trade/cut Perkins, move Ibaka to the 5, and start Perry Jones at the 4. Just wondering what you guys think of possibly landing James Harden. But it’s still fun to speculate, especially if Lakers’ fans get to speculate about LeBron playing for them in a few seasons.

    The Amar’e Stoudemire situation doesn’t really worry me. We’re deep enough, and Amar’e hasn’t been producing wins on a consistent enough basis (since the back spasms in Game 2) for me to think about how we’re going to replace him. I think it’s much easier to play power forward by committee than it is to play point guard by committee, especially with the overall upgrade in talent. Go Knicks.

  15. jon abbey

    ruruland: I’d imagine this is what will happen.

    Kurt will play 10-15, and you ride JR, Brewer a little longer, giving Prigioni a chance to get minutes by moving everyone up a position.

    My minutes until Amar’e is back .

    PG: Felton 32 pg
    Prigioni 16 pg

    SG: Smith 20, Brewer 8, Kidd 20

    SF: Melo 10, Smith 8, Brewer 18, Novak 12

    PF: Melo 26, Thomas 10, Novak 12

    Center: Chandler 30, Camby 18

    this seems reasonable although Camby, Brewer and Smith are all currently out also (although I guess Brewer might play tomorrow?).

  16. Steve Carmichael (@Carmichael15)

    I want to give Brewer more burn than just 8 minutes. He has the potential to do a decent Shump impression cause of his ability to defend the pick and roll and jumping passing lanes. Shump is better as an isolation defender but Brewer is plenty capable of providing a nice replacement for the time being. 8 minutes is way too low.

  17. ruruland

    Steve Carmichael (@Carmichael15):
    I want to give Brewer more burn than just 8 minutes.He has the potential to do a decent Shump impression cause of his ability to defend the pick and roll and jumping passing lanes.Shump is better as an isolation defender but Brewer is plenty capable of providing a nice replacement for the time being.8 minutes is way too low.

    I’ve got him at 26 mpg

  18. knicknyk

    That shot by Kobe to win the game was a hot mess. Well we know who runs the Lakers offense. It’s not Nash, Howard, Pau or Mike Brown.

  19. thenoblefacehumper

    ruruland: I’d imagine this is what will happen.

    Kurt will play 10-15, and you ride JR, Brewer a little longer, giving Prigioni a chance to get minutes by moving everyone up a position.

    Haven’t seen much of anyone around here discuss JR’s achilles injury. Seems like it’s at the very least worth thinking about. If we start the season without Amar’e, JR, Camby, and Shump that’s a pretty big problem.

    My minutes until Amar’e is back .

    PG: Felton 32 pg
    Prigioni 16 pg

    SG: Smith 20, Brewer 8, Kidd 20

    SF: Melo 10, Smith 8, Brewer 18, Novak 12

    PF: Melo 26, Thomas 10, Novak 12

    Center: Chandler 30, Camby 18

    Copeland can play if foul trouble with bigs.

    Talk about the health risks of an older team all you want, but don’t forget to mention that this team has 14 legitimate rotation players — I’m not aware of a team as deep as the Knicks. They are built to sustain minor injuries.

    No one thought Amar’e was playing 82 games.

  20. thenoblefacehumper

    Hm, none of my comments showed up above. What I said was: Haven’t see much of anyone around here talk about JR’s achilles injury. If he misses time, that could be very problematic. I’d hate to start the season missing Amar’e, JR, Shump, and Camby.

  21. Jafa

    massive,

    Please don’t insult the Thunder front-office’s intelligence by offering them Shumpert/Smith for Harden. Not only do I believe they will sign Harden to that extension (ala Ginobili with the spurs back in the day), but if they decided to part ways with him via trade, there are much more attractive offers around the league that would intrigue them.

    The only player on our roster that I think the Thunder would be interested in is Tyson Chandler. And its funny that you think a trade for Harden is the only way for us to get better in the near future. I can think of a few moves that we made and others we didn’t make that would have made us better in the near future.

  22. massive

    @31,

    It really has little to do with the Thunder front office, IMO. Ownership may not want to pay 4 guys 8 figure salaries. I think that the Thunder front office would do whatever it takes to sign Harden, but that is all contingent on if ownership chooses to say “we will not pay deep into the luxury tax.” Add to that that Kendrick Perkins isn’t as easy a cut as he was before Gasol and Howard ended up on the same team.

    If they do decide to go the route of trading Harden, I think it will be impossible for the Thunder to get a player of Harden’s magnitude back. I guess, if we were to make a trade for Harden, the Thunder will insist on a Perkins-for-Chandler swap. That (I hope) would be a deal breaker. Off the top of my head, I really can’t see a situation that would keep OKC a contender other than them swapping in a player like JR Smith or Lou Williams into that 6th man role (Atlanta could probably outbid us there if they offer Horford). A lottery pick doesn’t do much for a Thunder team in win-now mode.

    I know OKC’s front office values James Harden. What I don’t know is if their ownership group is willing to pay a steep lottery tax. I’m sure they would rather move Harden before he hits free agency, gets signs a max offer sheet, and they lose him without getting back any assets. If the Thunder and Harden don’t get a deal done before the deadline, it’s likely that James Harden won’t be on that team next season.

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