As a contributor to one of the bigger Knicks blogs, I spent a lot of time this summer talking about New York’s roster and the rotations Mike Woodson will use this season. Will Carmelo Anthony move back to small forward? Will Andrea Bargnani start or come off the bench? Will Iman Shumpert continue to improve? Who will back up Tyson Chandler at center?
One player that rarely entered the conversation: Amar’e Stoudemire.
It’s not that Stoudemire doesn’t have value. He was actually very good last season, showing flashes of a post-up game he developed – with the help of Hakeem Olajuwon – to better complement Anthony. But knee trouble limited him to just 29 games. At this stage of his career, it might be best to assume he’ll contribute nothing; that way, anything he does contribute becomes a bonus.
via Waiver Wire: Over-Owned Stars.
Stoudemire, who had a procedure on his left knee during the summer, isn’t cleared to scrimmage yet. But if he continues to progress without any setbacks, there is a chance he will play in the Knicks’ season opener Oct. 30.
via Still a chance that Amar’e Stoudemire will be ready for opener.
Rotowire injury guru Jeff Stotts breaks down exactly what’s going on with STAT’s knee:
The former All-Star will undergo a right knee debridement to clean up the effected joint. Reports suggest Stoudemire had developed a Baker’s cyst in his knee, the same condition that required surgery on his left knee prior to the start of the season and ultimately cost him 30 games.
This wouldn’t be the first time Stoudemire has dealt with a Baker’s cyst in his right knee, undergoing the procedure in the 2005-2006 season. He has since had an additional right knee debridement, making this latest surgery his third right knee surgery in the last eight seasons.
via Rotowire.com – Injury Analysis: Rose and Irving, STAT and ‘Melo.