New York Knicks' power forward Amare Stoudemire had debridement surgeries on both of his knees which limited him to only 29 games last season. The limitation was caused by surgery on the right knee in October and another procedure on the left knee in March. Yet, some fans would like to see Stoudemire play without a minutes limit. Perhaps those fans will change their opinion when they find out that it's now being reported that his summer included yet another knee surgery.
No one should question Amare Stoudemire's work ethic. Honestly, everyone in the New York Knicks organization to a man will testify that Stoudemire works extremely hard to keep himself in amazing shape all year long. His desire to return to the court and re-gain his former All-Star level of play is second to none. However, his body simply fails him time after time again and at this point it appears like the Knicks franchise is all but resigned to the fact that Stoudemire will never live up to his enormous contract.
As if a third knee operation in 12 months isn't bad enough, the secrecy surrounding his latest procedure probably doesn't make Stoudemire or the organization exude confidence. Is the veteran power forward really reliable anymore?
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports Stoudemire has an unreported knee surgery this summer.
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.
Stoudemire's minutes restriction seemed to work out fairly well last season until his left knee needed surgery in March. It seems almost inevitable that in order to get Stoudemire through the next two years of his Knicks contract it will take further reductions in his playing time.
Entering the fourth season of a five-year, $100 million contract the Knicks need to baby Stoudemire as much as possible. With an un-insured contract, trading Stoudemire is a dream unlikely to come true. Maybe someone will take his expiring contract for or during the final year of his contract but at that point the expiring deal could be worth more to the Knicks than what it's return could be.
For now, the Knicks need to worry about this season. New York doesn't have the medical staff the Phoenix Suns do but making sure they stick to a strict minutes limit and giving him a few days off on back-to-back games could help him stay on the court come post-season play.
It's likely the Knicks will never again start Stoudemire alongside Carmelo Anthony. Instead, the Knicks will settle for a few minutes a night out of Stoudemire as a back-up. However, that doesn't mean Stoudemire can't make an impact in his limited minutes. The thing is, it's up to the Knicks roster depth to make that possible.
Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin and Jeremy Tyler will all have to pick up the slack so Mike Woodson can feel confident enough to not force Stoudemire into more minutes and appearances than he should play in.
That confidence is very important for the rest of the roster to establish early in the season. Woodson usually has short rotations and becomes comfortable with certain players. If others don't command playing time Woodson could very well stretch Stoudemire's minutes.
A minute here and a minute there wont have much of an affect right away. However, the long-term results could be less positive. Another surgery could cost Stoudemire a huge amount of playing time like it did last season or worse. With over $40 million left on his contact, the Knicks would clearly prefer to get 15 minutes of high-level play from Stoudemire instead of 25-30 minutes from him over a small percentage of games.
No matter how Stoudemire is used going forward, there's very little doubt that New York is surely unpleased with finding out about his procedure after the case. Of all the fragile players on the Knicks roster, Stoudemire is the highest risk athlete.
There's little doubt the team would like to know about each and every health problem Stoudemire deals with and have a say in how, when and who takes care of those ailments. In this case, Stoudemire's notification is too little too late.
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