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.
— Iman Shumpert (@I_Am_Iman) March 9, 2013
Echoing everyone else, but I feel for Amare. Guy can't catch a break.
— Bryan Geary (@bgeary8) March 10, 2013
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 9, 2013
Let's fly Amare to Germany and see those Kobe doctors, Bring Sheed, and Camby too. Let's do this before the HGH testing becomes a rule…
— NotBelievingDaBS (@C_Paul22) March 10, 2013
Well there goes the Knicks season. Melo's hurt, Amare is done for the year, better luck next year
— matt kolp (@mattkolp9) March 10, 2013
Damn Amare out 6 weeks!? Our frontcourt is hella thin. We play him 30 mins two games straight and his knee goes out. Hope this isn't the end
— Tim Smooth (@TimmyBlanco) March 10, 2013
Also worth remembering is that Amare's five-year, $100 million dollar contract is not insured.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) March 9, 2013
I've done 3 clinics with Amare and he is a great guy. True pro. Doesn't big time people. I wish him well and a speedy recovery
— chuck swirsky (@swirsk054) March 9, 2013
Bad news on amare but this is a team we need to have everybody step up its #knickstape all day go knicks get well stat
— josecarreras (@josecarreras1) March 10, 2013
This is insane, we can't catch a break.. Amare with another surgery
— Donik Mollabeciri (@I_Am_Donik) March 10, 2013
REPORT: #Knicks F Amare Stoudemire out 6 weeks after his knees sadly caught "old" from the rest of his team
— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) March 9, 2013
It might be time for amare stoudemire to call it a career. It's looks like its just not gonna happen. #messedup
— Aaron C (@Boone127) March 10, 2013
Amare Stoudemire was the biggest waste of money for the Knicks, they might as well have paid a rock to play at least it'll stay healthy
— A$AP BILLY (@billyfeola) March 10, 2013