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Stitch Jones
10-11-2005, 01:01 PM
Report: Stoudemire out four months after surgery
ESPN.com news services

Amare Stoudemire reportedly will be sidelined up to four months after diagnostic surgery on his left knee evolved into a microfracture procedure Tuesday morning, Stoudemire's manager told the Arizona Republic.

The arthroscopic operation found the cartilage damage in Stoudemire's left knee to be more severe than anticipated, the newspaper reported.

Amare Stoudemire
Stoudemire

"It was better to do the microfracture now instead of chancing that the lesion would grow, which might affect Amare down the road," Rodney Rice, Stoudemire's manager, told the newspaper. "It was best to do the procedure now."

Stoudemire, who signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension a week ago, sat out the final two days of training camp in Tucson because of the injury to the knee's articulate cartilage. He received opinions from three specialists before deciding to have the surgery.

The 22-year-old power forward was a dominant force playing out of position at center for a Suns team that won an NBA-best 62 games last season, his third in the NBA. He averaged 37 points against Tim Duncan when the Suns were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.

The soreness had bothered Stoudemire during the summer, and he worked out sparingly in Tucson. His last practice was Friday morning.

The No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft, Stoudemire won the Rookie of the Year award over Yao Ming in 2002-03 and has improved each season. He was fifth in the NBA in scoring last season at 26 points per game. He averaged just under 30 in the playoffs.

Nash13
10-11-2005, 01:08 PM
This is sad. You hate to see stuff like this.

OTOH, i'd be crushed if he were on my fantasy leauge team.

EricaLubarsky
10-11-2005, 01:11 PM
As much as I love Sike...

MaverickFFL2
10-11-2005, 01:36 PM
http://www.dallasnews.com/img/photo/05-05/2suns12.jpg

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"