Amar’e Stoudemire will probably miss the first six to eight weeks of the National Basketball Association season as he recovers from a left knee injury.
The 29-year-old New York Knicks forward will have surgery to remove debris, damaged cartilage and bone from around the joint, the team said in an e-mailed release yesterday. No date was provided for the procedure.
Stoudemire hurt his knee during an Oct. 19 preseason game against the Toronto Raptors and originally was expected to miss two to three weeks, according to ESPN. The 6-foot-11 forward had microfracture surgery on the same knee in 2005.
The Knicks will open their season tomorrow on the road against the Brooklyn Nets in the new $1 billion Barclays Center’s first NBA regular-season game.
The timing of the game was in doubt because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which shut down New York City’s public transportation system.
A six-time All-Star, Stoudemire has averaged 22.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in his two years with the Knicks.