Amar’e Stoudemire sent a message to his fans last night to not count him out. Ever. On the verge of undergoing right-knee debridement surgery as soon as today, Stoudemire posted on his Twitter account: “To my true fans who understand my heart...This is the life that the most high chose for me. I have to keep my faith in him. I will return again & again & again to help lead the Knicks to fight for a championship.’’ Stoudemire was last seen in the Knicks locker room late Thursday night after their loss to Oklahoma City, wearing a bright red sports jacket, a brooch he bought in Paris, a black fedora, and a long chain with a large Star of David charm. He looked like $100 million and said he felt that way too, despite the added minutes. Suddenly, after an MRI exam on Saturday, he is out six weeks, which would coincide with the first round of the playoffs. However, Stoudemire needed eight weeks to return from left-knee debridement surgery to clean out particles from a ruptured Baker’s cyst. This procedure may be more serious, as medical experts believe Stoudemire will have fragments of articular cartilage cleaned out. When enough articular cartilage is worn away, microfracture surgery is needed. Stoudemire already underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee. The medical staff put Stoudemire on a 30-minute cap to protect his knees, but the past week’s workload may have been too much. His minutes were lifted from the 24-minute range to 32, 31 and 29 the past three games. With Stoudemire’s surgery coming two weeks after Rasheed Wallace’s foot surgery, the signing of Kenyon Martin by general manager Glen Grunwald has proven genius. In the past two games, Martin has shown he can be the defensive demon Wallace was. Martin was signed at the trading deadline as insurance for Wallace and Marcus Camby, and the policy has paid off. “I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity,’’ Martin said. “I’m blessed to be here. It’s unfortunate I have to benefit from someone’s injury, but it’s part of the game.’’
Latest KTXS Video
Would you like to continue watching?
- UPDATED: Complete list of school closings, delays for Abilene, the Big Country
- Controversial restaurant concept may replace Carino's on Buffalo Gap in Abilene
- Icy roads may persist into the weekend
- Abilene Regional Airport runways closed until further notice
- No charges for FSU quarterback Jameis Winston