Knicks: Amar'e Stoudemire will undergo knee debridement surgery, miss six to eight weeks.

Marc Serota

This confirms previous reports.

Well, Chris Broussard's sources were gracious enough to leak this information during the hurricane, but, as promised, the Knicks have finally made their announcement. Via Howard Beck:

Knicks just announced that Amare Stoudemire needs "left knee debridement" and is out approx. 6-8 weeks.

Debridement, as far as I can tell, is a surgical procedure wherein they'll root around Amar'e's knee with an arthroscope, then take out a bunch of dead shit that isn't supposed to be there (dead human matter, presumably, but one never knows. Could be some jellyfish). I guess this kind of thing-- arthritis, that is-- is to be expected in someone with such a history of knee troubles, but the timing of this procedure is less than ideal what with the basketsports starting in a few days.

Just to recap, this rapidly went from "sore knee, day-to-day" to "exploded knee cyst, a few weeks" to "getting a second opinion, possibly surgery???" to "nope, no biggie, maybe just a few more weeks" to "yup, surgery, two months". The Knicks are pretty good at making injury stories-- which are already the least fun-- that much more torturous. Again, I can only imagine how disheartening this has been for Amar'e after he such a positive, recuperative summer. I hope we'll see you again soon, big friend.

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