New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee early next week and is expected to miss six weeks, the team announced Saturday.
Stoudemire didn’t participate in Saturday's shootaround prior to the Knicks’ clash with Utah because of soreness in both of his knees. An MRI later in the day revealed that surgery was required.
Stoudemire, who is averaging 14.2 points and five rebounds per game in limited minutes, could return for the playoffs if he responds well to the surgery. An extended stretch without Stoudemire could mean more playing time for the recently acquired Kenyon Martin.
Stoudemire's injury isn't the only health concern for New York. Carmelo Anthony was sidelined for a third consecutive game Saturday because of a lingering right knee injury.
New York has covered in three straight (2-1 SU) games heading into action Saturday and has played under the total in its last five.