NBA Rumors: Could Injuries Force New York Knicks to Start Chris Copeland?

By A.J. Speier

With the uncertainty of when Amar’e Stoudemire and Marcus Camby will be able to practice, the New York Knicks now have a hole at the power forward position.

Stoudemire is currently working on getting a second opinion for his left knee. He ruptured his popliteal cyst on the same knee that he had micro-fracture surgery on back in 2005.

If this knee injury continues to hamper Stoudemire or force him to have another surgery, the Knicks are going to have to find a replacement.

The idea has been thrown around that the Knicks could use a smaller starting lineup of Raymond Felton at point guard, Jason Kidd at shooting guard, Ronnie Brewer at small forward, Carmelo Anthony at power forward and Tyson Chandler at center.

Once healthy, Camby could potentially get a few starts at power forward, despite be signed to be the backup center behind a foul-prone Chandler. Camby is 38 years old and has dealt with injury-problems over the past few years.

Kurt Thomas came over to the Knicks in the Felton sign-and-trade, but is past his prime.  He is the oldest player in the NBA at age 40.

Rasheed Wallace was signed to be a backup power forward, but he might not be ready for opening night. On Friday, he participated in his first full practice in about two years.

Rookie Chris Copeland has had a strong preseason and will likely gain the final guaranteed spot on the Knicks’ 15-roster. Copeland averaged 16 points during preseason and showed the ability to produce steals and blocks and make three-pointers.

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