Often times when it comes to cases of physical health the first diagnosis isn’t always the correct one and now the New York Knicks and their All-Star power forward Amare Stoudemire know this all too well.
Just last week, news surfaced about a ruptured cyst behind his left knee that would sideline the six-time All-Star for the opening two or three weeks of the season. However following a second opinion which both Stoudemire and the team wanted to have take place, is is said that Stoudemire will require surgery to fix the current issue and he will be out for six to eight weeks while rehabbing from the surgical procedure.
Stoudemire will go through a procedure called debridgement which cleans out dead tissue and foreign material inside of his already surgically repaired left knee. This is the same knee that Stoudemire had microfracture surgey on back in 2005 which has been fine since but once a player endures such a serious procedure could a rise as an issue at any moment. This current situation is a prime example of possible side effects after.
Now the Knicks will have to do deal with beginning the season minus their second best player until sometime near tghe beginning or middle of December, depending on exactly when Stoudemire is scheduled to have the procedure done.
It will be very interesting to see if head coach Mike Woodson decides to let Carmelo Anthony move to the power forwards position for the duration of Stoudemire’s absence or if Woodson will utilize him there at times and find another solution for the long haul.
The Knicks begin their 2012-13 campaign on Thursday November 1 when they travel to the Barclays Center to face the Brooklyn Nets.