New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire will be out for six to eight weeks after having a left knee debridement, the team announced Tuesday.
That means Stoudemire will have scar tissue removed from his knee and will miss approximately the first 20 games of the NBA season, which the Knicks are scheduled to begin Thursday at the Brooklyn Nets.
Originally, the Knicks expected Stoudemire to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks after he ruptured a popliteal cyst behind his knee in a preseason game Oct. 19.
But, according to the ESPN.com report, Stoudemire received a second opinion over the weekend from the Phoenix Suns team doctor, Thomas Carter, who performed microfracture surgery on Stoudemire's knee in 2005. After Carter's examination, it was determined Stoudemire would need additional time to recover.
--The effects of Hurricane Sandy's path through the East Coast has threatened the Nets' season opener against the Knicks, scheduled for Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to the New York Times.
The league was looking at the damage to the New York City borough Tuesday to determine the situation.
"Tonight's games will be played," Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president for communications, said in an e-mail to the Times. "We are still assessing the situation with regards to the rest of the week."
One of the factors for consideration could be how fast mass transit can be restored. The Nets are also scheduled for home games Saturday (against Toronto) and Monday (against Minnesota).
--The Philadelphia 76ers announced there is no timetable for the return of center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum has been suffering from a bone bruise in his right knee since before training camp began.
"With the team's intriguing play in the preseason leading to a 6-1 pre-season record, we are confident that the 76ers will be an exciting, talented and highly competitive team from day one," 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement. "When Andrew Bynum rejoins for game play, that will take an already strong team to an even higher level."
The team said Bynum has started "low-impact conditioning," and will be re-evaluated by team's doctors on a regular basis.
--Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson agreed to a contract extension, Lawson said via Twitter.
The 24-year-old announced to his followers that he'll remain with the team "for another four years" and thanked management for the extension.
The deal is worth $48 million, and will begin next season, according to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
First-round picks from the 2009 NBA draft will become restricted free agents in July unless they obtain a contract by a midnight Wednesday deadline.
Lawson, the 18th overall pick in 2009 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaged 16.4 points per game with Denver last season.
--Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will be out indefinitely with continued soreness in his left knee, the team announced.
Granger will get a second opinion from doctors.
The 29-year-old is entering his eighth season with the Pacers. He started 62 games last season and averaged 18.7 points per game.
--The Houston Rockets waived forward Jon Brockman, guard/forward Gary Forbes, guard/forward Lazar Hayward, forward JaJuan Johnson and guard Shaun Livingston, the team announced on Tuesday.
Each of the players were involved in other deals for players or picks, all which helped to acquire guard James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder.