Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Updates on Knicks Star's Knee

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

Amar’e Stoudemire is known for injury woes. Despite the Knicks' strong start to their season, New York would still benefit from having the highly talented forward in the rotation.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 1 at 6:04 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Verifying what most already expected, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson announced that Stoudemire will return to the lineup Tuesday night, according to Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops:

Amare Stoudemire will make his season debut tonight, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. Will come off bench.

— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) January 1, 2013

Stoudemire will begin the game on the bench, but won't have a structured number of minutes. Woodson did say, though, that he would be under the 30-minute mark, per CBS Sports' Ken Berger:

"How many minutes, I don't know," Woodson said of Stoudemire. It'll be less than 30 minutes though, he said.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 1, 2013

With the Knicks struggling a bit of late, they will undoubtedly welcome the return of their superstar power forward.

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Tuesday, January 1 at 9:15 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Amar'e Stoudemire is ready to return to the New York Knicks

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the superstar forward will be back in the lineup when the Knickerbockers take on the Portland Trail Blazers this Tuesday night.

You can catch that game, which takes place in front of the hometown crowd at Madison Square Garden, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Woj noted that Stoudemire is going to come off on the bench, regardless of Carmelo Anthony's status.

It'll be interesting to see how many minutes coach Mike Woodson allocates STAT in his first contest of the 2012-13 season, but we expect he'll ease the PF back into the rotation rather than send him out for an extended period of time

We'll keep you updated right here if we find out anything further concerning Stoudemire's return to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.



UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 4:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Amar'e Stoudemire's return to the court does not appear to be far away. 

ESPN New York's Ian Begley reported the following on the power forward's recovery from his knee injury: 

Amar'e Stoudemire has scrimmaged on consecutive days for the first time since his Oct. 31 left knee debridement, but there is no guarantee that he will suit up for the Knicks on New Year's Day. 

After practice on Monday, the Knicks listed Stoudemire as questionable for Tuesday's game against Portland. 

Whether or not he is able to return for the Knicks' next game, he will likely be active shortly after the new year begins. Questions still remain over what role he will play upon his return.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 26 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Shawn Brubaker

The Knicks have begun planning how to work Amar'e Stoudemire into the lineup. He'll likely come off the bench in his first action of the season.

Michael Scotto of reports that the Knicks hope to see Stoudemire active on January 1 in a supporting role:

NBA NEWS: Amare Stoudemire will come off the bench initially. Knicks hope he'll return to the court on Tuesday, January 1st. (Via ESPN NY)

— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) December 29, 2012

This is great news for the Knicks, who have cooled off slightly after their hot start. Stoudemire remains one of the best scorers in the game, and he'll be sure to boost a team that has just lost it's starting point guard for 4-6 weeks.

Stoudemire should be willing to accept a limited role at first, at least until he's completely healed up. This is a win-win for both sides.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 25 at 10:55 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Amar'e Stoudemire is one step closer to returning to the court after missing the first couple of months of the season.

Al Iannazzone of Newsday reported that the forward could be back as soon as next week:

Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a realistic target date for his season debut following knee surgery. He said Jan. 1, 2013 is “a possibility.” It’s the first time Stoudemire has used a specific date. Of course, it depends on how his knee feels after some practices when the Knicks return home from this trip.

This would be the first game back following the current three-game road trip. 

It remains to be seen how he will be used upon returning, but it will definitely help the Knicks to add an All Star to its rotation.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 22 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

The doubt surrounding Stoudemire's future with the Knicks continues to grow. Newsday's Al Iannazzone reports that the All-Star forward will miss even more time:

Amar'e Stoudemire won't play tomorrow, Woodson said. He may not play on the trip either, Woodson said.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 22, 2012

Stoudemire's chronic health issues, big contract and the team's excellent play without him makes this news all the more ominous for his role moving forward.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 10:05 a.m. ET by Alex Hall

New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone spoke with Stoudemire after his D-League game with the Erie Bayhawks, sending out this tweet:

Amar'e Stoudemire is closer to returning and is "on pace to return back to dominance."

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 21, 2012


"I'm not quite ready yet," the Knicks star told Iannazzone. "Takes a little more time to get to 100 percent...There is no return date yet."

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 20 at 1:09 p.m. ET

Amar'e Stoudemire is not expected to play this weekend, according to New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone per Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.

Woodson said "I doubt it," when asked if Stoudemire would play this weekend.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 20, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 18 at 12:21 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Amar'e Stoudemire will be called back up to the Knicks on Wednesday after practicing in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone via Twitter:

Amar'e, Copeland and James White have been assigned to D-League so they can practice with Erie. They will be called back up tomorrow.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 18, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that Stoudemire will practice in the D-League to get more reps:

Amar'e Stoudemire will practice this week with the Knicks' D-League team, Woodson says.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) December 17, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 11:55 a.m. ET

Excellent news for Knicks fans as Amar'e Stoudemire is reportedly close to returning to practice, according to New York Post's Marc Berman.

Stoudemire could be cleared for first practice tomorrow.

— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 17, 2012

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 10:56 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Knicks fans after Jason Kidd shed some light on Amar'e Stoudemire's return. New York Post's Marc Berman has the latest.

Jason Kidd confirmed he believes Amar’e Stoudemire will make his season debut in late December and said he thinks Stoudemire’s addition will be smooth.

'I think Amare’s close,' Kidd said on 'The Michael Kay Show' on 98.7 FM. 'I think he is very close, around the corner in getting involved in playing. Maybe at the end of this month.'

'I think he’ll fit in just fine. Everyone’s thinking he’s not going to fit in. He makes us deeper and bring us an interior defender and big guy who can shoot the ball and spread the ball. You don’t have to worry about that.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 12:09 p.m. ET

Great news for Knicks fans as Amar'e Stoudemire is inching closer to joining the team, according to New York Post's Marc Berman.

Stoudemire is closing in on getting cleared to practice fully with the club. He is expected to make his return sometime this month while Iman Shumpert is on his heels, looking at January.

Coach Mike Woodson has said Stoudemire still needs to be cleared by the medical staff to cut and absorb contact before practicing...

...So there is room for Stoudemire as a reserve at the very least. According to the Knicks, Stoudemire still is on pace to get back sometime during the six-to-eight-week time frame they set on Nov. 1 after his knee-debridement surgery. The Post reported mid-December — the earliest part of the window — was unlikely and he was hoping to return around Christmas.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 29 at 11:58 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

New York Post reporter Marc Berman cited a source in reporting that Stoudemire is eying Christmastime to reenter the lineup:

Amar’e Stoudemire’s goal is to return around Christmas, with mid-December no longer a legitimate possibility, according to a person familiar with the Knicks power forward’s thinking. The person said Stoudemire hasn’t begun running on the court following his surgery on Nov. 1.

The Knicks have been faring well without their All-Star, and he has mentioned that he'll be open to coming off the bench initially. His injury history is continually alarming, but Stoudemire should give New York a boost when he eventually comes back—assuming he remains relatively healthy.

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UPDATE: November 29 at 11:05 a.m. ET

Amar'e Stoudemire is reportedly open to the idea of coming off the bench as part of the Knicks' rotation, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley.

Amar'e Stoudemire would accept a role as the New York Knicks' sixth man if asked, two sources with knowledge of Stoudemire's thinking told

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UPDATE: November 13 at 10:49 a.m. ET

One would have to believe Amar'e Stoudemire is making progress as he is currently on the team's road trip, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman

Amare is on the trip but declined to talk.

— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) November 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4:52 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The New York Knicks have come down with official word about Amar'e Stoudemire's status, saying that the power forward is out six to eight weeks and needs a "left knee debridement," according to The New York Times' Howard Beck


Knicks just announced that Amare Stoudemire needs "left knee debridement" and is out approx. 6-8 weeks.

— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) October 30, 2012


For those wondering, a knee debridement is an arthroscopic procedure, usually done to combat osteoarthritis. 


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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 7:15 a.m. ET

Although many are reporting that Stoudemire will miss the first six weeks of the season, the Knicks star could be out up to eight weeks, according to's Jared Zwerling.

A source close to Amar'e is telling me anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. #Knicks

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) October 30, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, October 29 at 8:52 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Bad news, Knicks fans. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Amar'e Stoudemire is going to miss multiple weeks to start the season:

Amare Stoudemire to miss at least 1st 6 weeks of season with knee injury, according to league sources. Knicks expected to announce tomorrow

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) October 30, 2012


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UPDATE: Oct. 27, 12:30 a.m. by Kyle Vassalo

According to the New York Daily News, Amar'e Stoudemire could be sidelined for over a month:

Amar'e Stoudemire to seek second opinion on knee, source says Knicks forward could miss 4-to-5 weeks:

— New York Daily News (@nydailynews) October 26, 2012

This is obviously a huge blow to the Knicks, who will be looking to get off to a quick start in the post-Lin era.

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According to Al Iannazzone of Newsday, the New York Knicks star is suffering from a ruptured popliteal cyst in his left knee. His estimated recovery time is two to three weeks.

Amare Stoudemire went home this morning to get his left knee re-evaluated. MRI revealed a ruptured popliteal cyst.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 21, 2012


Amare will be out approximately 2-3 weeks.

— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) October 21, 2012

For those interested in learning exactly what Amar'e is dealing with—and what a popliteal cyst is—I suggest you check out this explanation by the Mayo Clinic. While it doesn’t seem too serious, Stoudemire needs to stay healthy for the upcoming campaign if the Knicks are going to be contenders.

Dealing with nagging injuries in the preseason will only slow the progress the Knicks have made over the summer and past few years. If this is a recurring problem or leads to something worse, New York is in trouble.

Remember, STAT isn’t exactly a young buck at the age of 29, and his knees have been a serious red flag since he first underwent microfracture surgery in 2005. His former team, the Phoenix Suns, didn't want to risk signing him to a long-term deal in 2010, and the Knicks took a gamble on an uninsured contract that summer.

Many doubters feel that Stoudemire’s knees are just a ticking time bomb, and it’s just a matter of time before the power forward suffers another injury that takes away his explosiveness and value as a player.

Let's hope that isn’t the case, and STAT can get healthy shortly after the Knicks' season opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 1.

The Knicks can't afford to rush him back into service and have him suffer any setbacks or make the problem worse.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Stoudemire’s left knee injury.  


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