New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will probably miss the start of the National Basketball Association regular season with a ruptured cyst in the left knee that will keep him out for two to three weeks.
The Knicks are scheduled to open the regular season on Nov. 1 in Brooklyn, New York, against the Nets. They host the Miami Heat the following day.
“It seems like he can’t catch a break,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters after yesterday’s practice session at Syracuse University. “Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. We’ve got his back and the most important thing is for him to get healthy right now and to take that time to do that.”
The 6-foot-10 Stoudemire was the Knicks’ second-leading scorer last season, averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. He missed 19 games because of a bulging disc in his back and the death of his brother, and then made headlines when he cut his hand and required surgery after punching a fire extinguisher case following a playoff loss to the Heat.
Stoudemire appeared in only one preseason game for the Knicks, playing 27 minutes against Toronto on Oct. 19 and scoring 18 points with five rebounds. The Knicks said they may use Anthony at power forward in place of Stoudemire, while Kurt Thomas will also see extended time during his absence.