Instead of sitting out just a few weeks, Amar’e Stoudemire could actually be sidelined until mid-December. STAT will get a second opinion on the ruptured popliteal cyst on his left knee and could be sidelined for the first five weeks of the season (via NY Daily News): “Amar’e Stoudemire is seeking a second opinion to determine the severity of the left knee injury that could keep the Knicks power forward sidelined for the first month of the NBA regular season. Stoudemire is consulting with Phoenix Suns orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Carter, according to a Suns source. Carter performed microfracture surgery on Stoudemire’s left knee in 2005, when he played for Phoenix. It is customary, and in some cases encouraged by teams, that players get a second opinion from an independent physician. The Knicks’ team doctors discovered that Stoudemire had suffered a ruptured cyst on his left knee during last week’s exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors. The timetable given by the Knicks for Stoudemire’s return was two to four weeks, but the same source says a more plausible timetable is four to five weeks. Under the latter scenario, the Knicks would be without their second-leading scorer for most of November. They’ll play 15 games in the month, including nine on the road.”
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