Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Updates on Knicks PF's Ankle and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30

Newsday's Al Iannazzone confirmed Amar'e Stoudemire's status for tonight's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Updates from Friday, Jan. 17

Stoudemire supplied Twitter with an update on his status:

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New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was injured on Thursday, Jan. 16 and unable to return against the Indiana Pacers. Prior to exiting the game, the oft-injured big man had eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes on the court.

The team announced that Stoudemire suffered a sprained left ankle.

After the game Al Iannazzone of Newsday provided an update on Stoudemire's status:

This has been the story of his career since his move to New York. Injuries have severely limited his time on the court. This season, he's averaging 19.6 minutes a night, which is the lowest of his career (when taking out the 2005-06 season, in which he only played three games).

Despite his drop in production, Stoudemire is an essential player for the Knicks, if only for how many players they've already lost. The Daily News' Frank Isola joked that only Kansas City Chiefs are worse off.

It will be important for New York that Stoudemire is able to make a speedy recovery. Plus, with his injury history, it would be nice to see him stay healthy for a prolonged period of time.