Report: Amar'e Stoudemire had offseason knee surgery

By Royce Young | NBA writer

If Stoudemire can get back his elevation, Hakeem can help him reach potential. (USATSI)
Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly had another surgery. (USATSI)
Heading into the Knicks season, Amar'e Stoudemire remains the biggest unknown. Mostly unknown is what his role will be and how he'll fit in their frontcourt rotation, but it seems health may once again be the question for the power forward.

Stoudemire had surgery on both his troublesome knees last season and played only 29 games and according to the New York Daily News, he underwent another procedure this summer.

According to a Knicks source, Stoudemire had an unreported surgical procedure in July to repair one of his ailing knees. The Knicks open camp on Tuesday and have yet to announce that Stoudemire has had a third knee operation in 12 months. The surgery was described as "clean up" and isn't considered major.

However, the secrecy surrounding Stoudemire's latest health issue could be an indication that the club is not optimistic that they can rely on the veteran power forward. Stoudemire appeared in just 29 games last season and had debridement surgeries on both of his knees, the right knee in October and the left in March.

The extent of the surgery nor Stoudemire's availability for training camp or the beginning of the season are unknown, but with Knicks media day on Monday, those answers will likely be coming.

Stoudemire was placed on a minutes restriction last season to try and preserve his health. After signing a five-year, $100 million deal with the Knicks, Stoudemire has battled knee issues, which have caused him to miss a pile of games. He's entering the fourth year of the deal, a contract that is widely considered the most untradeable in the league.

Stoudemire, 30, averaged 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 appearances last season.

 
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