Amar’e Stoudemire Out Indefinitely With Bulging Disc in His Lower Back

Alan Hahn just tweeted:

Amare Stoudemire is out indefinitely after MRI revealed a bulging disk in his lower back.

If you open your window, you might hear the collective groan of the entire Knick fanbase right now.

Plus, for added measure, Jeremy Lin is going to miss tonight’s game with a sore knee.

What’s especially galling is that had this happened, like, yesterday, the Knicks might have had a shot at Boris Diaw. Annoying.

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54 thoughts to “Amar’e Stoudemire Out Indefinitely With Bulging Disc in His Lower Back”

  1. RIP, 2011-2012 season.

    Come on, crazier things have happened! Heck, would anyone have expected the Suns to play as well as they did after Amar’e got hurt back in…2005 was it?

    In all seriousness, all the Knicks need is for Melo to play like he did for the Knicks last year. With that and their improved defense, they can make up for Amar’e’s absence. They just really, really need Melo to step up now.

  2. Brian Cronin:
    Come on, crazier things have happened! Heck, would anyone have expected the Suns to play as well as they did after Amar’e got hurt back in…2005 was it?

    In all seriousness, all the Knicks need is for Melo to play like he did for the Knicks last year. With that and their improved defense, they can make up for Amar’e’s absence. They just really, really need Melo to step up now.

    I think we’re all collectively mourning years 3-5 on STAT’s contract.

  3. This is the end… Beautiful friend
    This is the end… My only friend, the end
    Of our elaborate plans, the end
    Of everything that stands, the end
    No safety or surprise, the end
    I’ll never look into your eyes… again

  4. Maybe the Knicks are doing everything humanly possible to recreate their magical 98-99 season.

  5. I mean, of course, this is terrible news, no doubt.

    But there’s still a chance that this can be turned around. Think about it, the defense is not keyed by Amar’e, right? So that should still be good, especially when Jeffries returns. Plus, if Melo can just not be, you know, a terrible shooter, then he can pick them up on offense. This is still doable!

    They do need Lin to not be hurt, though.

  6. STAT is apparently already in or en route to Miami to get a second opinion, according to twitter.

  7. wow i just lost my breath smh its only season ending cause of the rehab involved its not as bad as Davis no need for surgery like manning but damn this sux. wow will we overcome how do we overcome make me believe we can do damage in the playoffs. make believe we can make the playoffs please guys.

  8. make believe we can make the playoffs please guys.

    Okay, I’ll make believe we can make the playoffs.

  9. This is what it is to be a fan of the Knicks. The only curse that I can really think makes sense is Dolan. The guy’s karma is so bad that it over rides a million person fan base. Unreal.

  10. At least we can put the “Who should start: Shump or Fields?” debate to rest. Now they both will start with Melo sliding over to the 4.

  11. I really don’t like Melo at the 4. He hasn’t looked guard guarding guys that post up (he usually goes for the strip that results in a foul). Also, the only thing he has been able to do consistently during this terrible stretch has been post up and it will be much harder to do so against a PF. If his shot starts falling, watch out, but I have seen no signs of that happening.

  12. Any ideas of a serious playoff run are over unless his back loosens up and he plays with the wreckless abandon of the last two weeks.

    The party’s over, time to turn out the lights.

  13. It’s bad dude… no way we get anywhere in the playoffs without Amare….and that’s the whole point right?

    The word “indefinitely” is just an awful sounding word. Based on what I’ve seen I don’t expect Melo to get his shooting touch back like a poof of magic…I just expect him to replace Amare’s efficient shooting with more inefficient shooting. Hopefully Novak or JR get really hot….and/or Chandler puts in a monster performance. That’s the only way we win. Not banking on Melo…

    Brian Cronin:
    Ha!

    Oh come on, it is not that bad!

  14. Brian Cronin: I mean, of course, this is terrible news, no doubt.But there’s still a chance that this can be turned around. Think about it, the defense is not keyed by Amar’e, right? So that should still be good, especially when Jeffries returns. Plus, if Melo can just not be, you know, a terrible shooter, then he can pick them up on offense. This is still doable!They do need Lin to not be hurt, though.

    Yeah sorta. If he’s OK when he comes back and the Knick don’t nose dive before JJ comes back, and JJ is good when he comes back, and BD stays passably healthy, and…. lotta ifs no?

  15. I think its time for our coaches to focus on one thing and one thing only – Turning Shumpert into Wade. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?!

  16. It if it’s a lumbar disc bulge: “In patients with the perfect balance of activities, the lumbar disc may be pushed into position in as little as three days. Typically, however, patients take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to push their disc back ‘in’. Once the disc is ‘in’, the patient should be pain free and have full movement. However, the torn connective tissue at the back of the disc only begins to heal from this point. It takes approximately six weeks of consistently keeping the disc ‘in’ to allow the torn tissue to heal to approximately 80% of its original strength.”
    http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8132650/lumbar-disc-bulge-bulging-disc-disc-prolapse-.htm

    Playoffs are more than 5 weeks away.

    So, he should be available some time during playoffs if that’s where the bulge is presumably, and gets top-notch treatment and rehab

  17. Just in Case this turns out to be the game thread:

    Jortsanity
    Fire Dolan
    SHUMP-SHUMP
    Lin-Lin
    Go NY Go ny Goooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

  18. ruruland:
    It if it’s a lumbar disc bulge: “In patients with the perfect balance of activities, the lumbar disc may be pushed into position in as little as three days. Typically, however, patients take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to push their disc back ‘in’. Once the disc is ‘in’, the patient should be pain free and have full movement. However, the torn connective tissue at the back of the disc only begins to heal from this point. It takes approximately six weeks of consistently keeping the disc ‘in’ to allow the torn tissue to heal to approximately 80% of its original strength.”
    http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8132650/lumbar-disc-bulge-bulging-disc-disc-prolapse-.htm

    Playoffs are more than 5 weeks away.

    So, he should be available some time during playoffs if that’s where the bulge is presumably, and getstop-notch treatment and rehab

    6 weeks?

    guhhhhh

  19. playoffs? You talkin’ bout playoffs? You kiddin’ me? PLAYOFFS? I just hope we can win a game!

    ruruland:
    It if it’s a lumbar disc bulge: “In patients with the perfect balance of activities, the lumbar disc may be pushed into position in as little as three days. Typically, however, patients take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to push their disc back ‘in’. Once the disc is ‘in’, the patient should be pain free and have full movement. However, the torn connective tissue at the back of the disc only begins to heal from this point. It takes approximately six weeks of consistently keeping the disc ‘in’ to allow the torn tissue to heal to approximately 80% of its original strength.”
    http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8132650/lumbar-disc-bulge-bulging-disc-disc-prolapse-.htm

    Playoffs are more than 5 weeks away.

    So, he should be available some time during playoffs if that’s where the bulge is presumably, and getstop-notch treatment and rehab

  20. cgreene:
    This is what it is to be a fan of the Knicks.The only curse that I can really think makes sense is Dolan.The guy’s karma is so bad that it over rides a million person fan base.Unreal.

    soooooooooooooo True what did he do in order for millions to suffer for his transgressions

  21. ruruland: It if it’s a lumbar disc bulge: “In patients with the perfect balance of activities, the lumbar disc may be pushed into position in as little as three days. Typically, however, patients take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to push their disc back ‘in’. Once the disc is ‘in’, the patient should be pain free and have full movement. However, the torn connective tissue at the back of the disc only begins to heal from this point. It takes approximately six weeks of consistently keeping the disc ‘in’ to allow the torn tissue to heal to approximately 80% of its original strength.”http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8132650/lumbar-disc-bulge-bulging-disc-disc-prolapse-.htmPlayoffs are more than 5 weeks away. So, he should be available some time during playoffs if that’s where the bulge is presumably, and gets top-notch treatment and rehab

    Doesn’t that add up to 8 to 9?
    And isn’t the propsect of coming back in at competitive form rigth away remote?

  22. villainx:
    @26, I’m good with that. Just get Stat better and as soon as possible.

    I think it’s likely he gives it a go even if the torn tissues aren’t repaired to 100% strength six weeks from now.

    What kind of player he is that point though is anyone’s guess.

  23. JK47:
    make believe we can make the playoffs please guys.

    Okay, I’ll make believe we can make the playoffs.

    ok thanks ur da best lol hoping the knicks can convince everybody. praying currently for it to happen. we need Tebow Lin and all the fan base to pray for this one. one good thing Tebow’s a new yorker now lol

  24. There is a difference of being a healthy non-athlete….and a healthy athlete that is not at significant risk of re-injury …right? Not a doctor, but seems logical.

    ruruland:
    It if it’s a lumbar disc bulge: “In patients with the perfect balance of activities, the lumbar disc may be pushed into position in as little as three days. Typically, however, patients take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to push their disc back ‘in’. Once the disc is ‘in’, the patient should be pain free and have full movement. However, the torn connective tissue at the back of the disc only begins to heal from this point. It takes approximately six weeks of consistently keeping the disc ‘in’ to allow the torn tissue to heal to approximately 80% of its original strength.”
    http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8132650/lumbar-disc-bulge-bulging-disc-disc-prolapse-.htm

    Playoffs are more than 5 weeks away.

    So, he should be available some time during playoffs if that’s where the bulge is presumably, and getstop-notch treatment and rehab

  25. Unreason: Doesn’t that add up to 8 to 9?
    And isn’t the propsect of coming back in at competitive form rigth away remote?

    If it takes the disc 2-3 weeks to pop back in and under normal rehab conditions for non-elite athletes it’s 8-9 weeks to get to that point.

    But I’m guessing he’ll get it in in under a week.

    I think it’s quite possible you could shave it to 5-6 with state of the art rehab and around the clock monitoring, which is what is being reported now.

  26. According to Steve Popper on Twitter:
    ——-
    Asked Carmelo about Amar’e – he didn’t know. His response: “oh sh?t.” #knicks

  27. Amar’e hasn’t been good this year. The Knicks have won without him this year already. This isn’t terrible news at all.

    The Lin news is much worse. We really need this game.

  28. Have you watched the games under Woodson? Amare has been dominantly efficient and actually decent on D.

    Z:
    Amar’e hasn’t been good this year. The Knicks have won without him this year already. This isn’t terrible news at all.

    The Lin news is much worse. We really need this game.

  29. we have more than enough players to beat the Bucks at home, and that’s all that matters right now. someone start a game thread.

  30. Chandler, and theoretically Carmelo, does what Amar’e does, only better. The great thing about having redundant players is that you don’t need both. Amar’e is like a kidney. We can donate him to our second cousin and still live a full and happy life.

  31. You say that Amare hasn’t been good this year but say that Carmelo does what he does better?? Have you seen Melo this year?

    Z:
    Chandler, and theoretically Carmelo, does what Amar’e does, only better. The great thing about having redundant players is that you don’t need both. Amar’e is like a kidney. We can donate him to our second cousin and still live a full and happy life.

  32. No, definitely true that we can with without a dominant stat – we’ve done it many times this season. BUT we won’t be playing the kind of awesome ECF potential ball that the team was giving reason to hope for

  33. Robert Silverman:
    I feel like Kevin Bacon at the end of Animal House: “ALL IS WELL! REMAIN CALM!”

    I feel like Bill Paxton in Aliens: “Game’s over man, game’s fucking over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”

  34. d-mar: I feel like Bill Paxton in Aliens: “Game’s over man, game’s fucking over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”

    I think Sigourney Weaver just signed to play power forward for the Knicks, so we should be fine.

  35. Z:
    Chandler, and theoretically Carmelo, does what Amar’e does, only better. The great thing about having redundant players is that you don’t need both. Amar’e is like a kidney. We can donate him to our second cousin and still live a full and happy life.

    Z, are you kidding? Wade and Lebron are also redundant…. A lot of great player duos have had overlapping skills.

    Things were just coming together. Amar’e the last 7-10 games has been an all-star. Not just the efficient scoring, but the kind of defense I’ve never seen him play before, and you could tell he was beginning to impact the game with his attitude and emotions.

    This is a huge blow. It’s so depressing to think that we may never see this team play together healthy and near potential. This could have been a deep-playoff surprise kind of team.

  36. This could have been a deep-playoff surprise kind of team.

    they weren’t going to get out of the 7/8 spot, so they were almost certainly going to get stomped in the first round. but yeah, it sucks.

  37. Emotions are running high. I get that. This is tough news. There’s still an outside chance that Amar’e can make it back for the playoffs and be an impact player on a surprise run. It’s happened before. And, the worst-case scenario isn’t bad.

    This is a weird, freak kind of injury that shouldn’t raise long-term concerns about any lingering structural issues that will affect his athleticism.

    And above all else, it’s nice to know that Amar’e still has it– these last 10 games should long-term concerns about his springs.

    I just hope this team decides to play together next year and compete with the Heat and Bulls.

  38. ruruland: Z, are you kidding? Wade and Lebron are also redundant…. A lot of great player duos have had overlapping skills.

    Things were just coming together. Amar’e the last 7-10 games has been an all-star. Not just the efficient scoring, but the kind of defense I’ve never seen him play before, and you could tell he was beginning to impact the game with his attitude and emotions.

    This is a huge blow. It’s so depressing to think that we may never see this team play together healthy and near potential. This could have been a deep-playoff surprise kind of team.

    What it does do, clearly,is give the Knicks an excuse to fail. “Amar’e playing the kind of defense you’ve never seen him play before” is the epitome of fool’s gold.

    Amar’e has been good the past few weeks, but he’s to leaving a gaping hole. (and besides, when Carmelo breaks out– which you’ve been promising for months now– no one will even otice Amar’e isn’t there).

  39. cgreene: This is what it is to be a fan of the Knicks. The only curse that I can really think makes sense is Dolan. The guy’s karma is so bad that it over rides a million person fan base. Unreal.

    Nay, it is the father we must look to. To Charles F. Dolan, who gave of himself his eldest begotten son to walk among us in the garden, know sin and suffer passage through this vale of shadows so that we may know the blessing of that transcendent light which dawns when all striving has been laid to rest, so that we may be purified, our desire for glory, our false hope, our yearning for redemption burned away in the eternal merciful flame of gross corporate mismanagement to disappear like smoke into the open sky.

  40. Unreason: Nay, it is the father we must look to. To Charles F. Dolan, who gave of himself his eldest begotten son to walk among us in the garden, know sin and suffer passage through this vale of shadows so that we may know the blessing of that transcendent light which dawns when all striving has been laid to rest, so that we may be purified, our desire for glory, our false hope, our yearning for redemption burned away in the eternal merciful flame of gross corporate mismanagement to disappear like smoke into the open sky.

    Indeed, it is for the sins of the fathers that we continue to suffer to this day.

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