According to several reports, forward Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks will miss at least the next six weeks of action to undergo what’s known as a “debridement” on his right knee.
A debridement is the medical removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.
Stoudemire had the same procedure done to his left knee earlier in the year, which forced him to miss the Knicks first 30 games.
Since New Year’s Day, Amare is averaging 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks over the course of 29 games for the second-unit.
The timetable for his recovery has him on pace to return for the first game of the NBA Playoffs, but whether or not he will be healthy enough to compete by that time remains to be seen.
New York is currently holding down the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-22. They are 2.5 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the lead in the Atlantic Division. Only four games separate them from the seventh-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
With just a little over a month to go before the postseason commences, this injury to Stoudemire could have a drastic impact on where the Knicks place and who they will matchup with in the opening round.
Many NBA fans on Twitter took to the popular social media site after hearing the news to voice their opinions on the Knicks current dilemma, the injury to Amare and where this leaves the team moving forward.