New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire will be out for 6-8 weeks with 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 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.
In 2010, the New York Knicks signed Stoudemire to a five-year, $100 million contract, but the forward has been slowed by injuries. He played in 47 games last season, averaging 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. The scoring average was his lowest for a full season since his rookie season in 2002-03, and the rebounding average was the lowest in his career.
This injury added to a tumultuous offseason that included offseason recovery from a hand injury he suffered while punching a fire extinguisher case during last April's playoffs, a gay offensive tweet that cost him a $50,000 fine from the league and the bruised knee that kept him out of the first preseason game.