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Amare’s Latest Injury Puts Damper on Knicks
Mike Woodson Will Have to Put Depth to Good Use
NEW YORK—(BASN)––There’s an old saying, “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.” But as is the case of the New York Knicks, there’s a chance that the saying need not apply. Stud forward Amar’e Stoudemire who had what’s known as a subpar or bad year (last season) by his standards averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds was all set to avenge by coming out of the gate fast and strong. Unfortunately that will not be the case as his latest injury setback will shelve him for 2 to 3 weeks with the season set to start on October 31 at the Barclay’s Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets.
Stoudemire has a ruptured popliteal cyst behind his left knee. This is the same knee he had micro-fracture surgery in October of 2006 that cost him the better part of 2 seasons. He as since come back from that injury with vengeance and returned to a great form of his beastly self. Last year however, Stoudemire’s back acted up and he was sidelined for several weeks toward the end of last season. That subtraction just added more scoring responsibility to fellow star teammate, Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony responded admirably playing the power forward spot as he became a nightmare stretch four. Anthony was named, Player of the Mouth for April as he average nearly 33 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Knicks went 9-4 during that stretch.
Much and probably too much is being made about Anthony and Stoudemire playing together. But, that’s New York. If this entire Knicks team were in a place such as Milwaukee, Charlotte or even Orlando, they would be hailed as the second seed and a team that would give the Miami Heat problems. But, with them being in New York and with so much media scrutiny and the so called experts offering all types of opinions, the situation has gained legs.
They both as well as the coaching staff (which is new by the way) realize that an adjustment and a bending here and there has to take place. However, this is their first real training camp since the mammoth trade was made 2 seasons ago.
This is why this latest setback puts a damper on things for the Knicks and Stoudemire. He came into camp in superb shape; he worked out (as we all by now know) with Hall-of-Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon for 2 full weeks without taking a day off. And most of all, his mental mojo was back after the lost of his beloved brother Hazell in an automobile accident.
Stoudemire is a proud athlete and this injury which isn’t considered serious could be made into a blessing in disguise. The team will be able to evaluate when and where Stoudemire can pick his spots to be effective with and without Anthony being on the floor.