Knicks' Stoudemire out 2-3 weeks with knee injury

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is expected to miss the start of the regular season and be out two to three weeks because of an injured left knee.

He returned to New York on Sunday for another evaluation, and an MRI revealed a ruptured benign cyst, the team said.

Stoudemire had played in only one preseason game, sitting out the first two because of a bruised left knee. He scored 18 points Friday against Toronto in 27 minutes, then sat out again Saturday against Boston in Albany. The Knicks practiced Sunday in Syracuse, where they play Philadelphia on Monday.

The Knicks open their regular season Nov. 1 against Brooklyn.

"That's tough. I hope he gets better," said Nets guard Deron Williams, who has known Stoudemire since high school. "He's had some struggles with injuries, but it doesn't change how we think about the Knicks. They still have a good team."

Stoudemire was limited to 47 games last season and averaged just 17.5 points, his worst total since his rookie season of 2002-03. He missed 15 games because of injury, though none because of knee problems.



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