New York Knicks star forward Amar'e Stoudemire will be out at least the first six weeks of the season and possibly up to eight after re-injuring his left knee, ESPN.com's Chris Broussard reported on Monday night.
Broussard reported that Stoudemire received a second opinion on his surgically repaired knee, which determined that he would need additional time to recover. Originally, the Knicks had hoped Stoudemire could return within two to three weeks after re-injuring the knee on Oct. 19.
Broussard reported that the second opinion came from Phoenix Suns team doctor Dr. Thomas Carter, who advised Stoudemire that he would need more time to heal. According to the report, the Knicks will officially announce the news on Tuesday.
The Knicks begin the 2012-13 regular season with a Thursday game at Brooklyn. Stoudemire's knees were a concern when the Knicks originally signed Stoudemire to a five-year, $100 million contract as a free agent in 2010. Through his first two seasons with the Knicks, however, he has managed to stay relatively healthy. He averaged 17.5 points and nearly eight rebounds last season, playing in 47 of the Knicks' 66 games.