Amar'e Stoudemire Reportedly Underwent Secret Knee Surgery in July

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

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Most spouses would have divorced the New York Knicks by now.

When they're not sticking their hand in someone else's cookie jar or abruptly displacing anyone who has ever called themselves a general manager, they're whisking players away for top-secret knee procedures inside James Dolan's lair.

Fine, that last part isn't true. But according to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, former All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire underwent an unreported knee operation over the offseason:

Amar'e Stoudemire's hectic summer didn't include much basketball but it did include yet another knee surgery, the Daily News has learned.

According to a Knicks source, Stoudemire had an unreported surgical procedure in July to repair one of his ailing knees. The Knicks open camp on Tuesday and have yet to announce that Stoudemire has had a third knee operation in 12 months. The surgery was described as "clean up" and isn't considered major.

Sigh. The fact that this behavior can be classified as typical is just sad.

The Knicks are rarely forthcoming, and on the infrequent occasion that they are, you get the feeling they're withholding information anyway. (See: Carmelo Anthony's knee. Or his shoulder. Or J.R. Smith's knee.)

To Mike Woodson's credit, he (finally) confirmed that STAT did have a "minor procedure" over the summer, according to the New York Times' Nate Taylor:

If this surgery wasn't considered "major," then why hide it in the first place? Oh, that's right, because anything involving Stoudemire—his knees, a knife and scrubs that were't once worn by Zach Braff—is major. 

STAT himself expressed regret over how injuries have impacted him over the years, but he still believes he can function at a high level and stressed that his "career is not over," according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Recurring injuries limited STAT to 29 games last season, and he's appeared in a combined 76 over the last two years.

Stoudemire's work ethic is unquestionable. The power forward is always in tip-top shape, and he was effective in limited action last season. He finished 2012-13 as the only player to average at least 14 points and five rebounds in under 24 minutes per game.

Despite his diligence, Stoudemire's knees continue to betray him. New York's refusal to comment on his most recent surgery is just the latest chapter in what is becoming a tragic tale. 

The Knicks inked Stoudemire to a five-year, $100 million contract in 2010. Since exceeding expectations in 2010-11 and performing at an MVP level prior to the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, he hasn't been same. Chances are, he never will be.

Assuming he doesn't terminate the last year of his deal after this season, the Knicks remain on the hook for roughly $45.1 million through 2014-15.

As for how many more twists, turns and surgeries will occur during that time, we may never know. With the Knicks, we never do.


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