The New York Knicks will be without one of their key contributors for the stretch run in the final weeks of the NBA season.
The Knicks announced Saturday that forward Amar'e Stoudemire is scheduled for a right knee debridement that is expected to sideline him for six weeks.
Stoudemire, 30, is no stranger to the arthroscopic procedure to clean out debris in the joint or to knee problems. He missed the first two months of this season after undergoing the same prodecure on his left knee. In 2005, Stoudemire had microfracture surgery while playing for the Phoenix Suns.
After missing the Knicks' Saturday morning shootaround because of soreness in his knees, Stoudemire had an MRI that revealed the damage.
The six weeks' recovery time would put his return after the regular season and around the start of the first round of the playoffs. Stoudemire's rehab from the debridement on his left knee took eight weeks.
Since his return, Stoudemire had played well as a key contributor off the bench, averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29 games.
The injury comes at an inopportune time for the Knicks, who are trying to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Forward Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's second leading scorer, missed his third consecutive game on Saturday with a knee injury.
"Obviously, those are our main two throw-it-to-and-then-create-their-own-shot scorers for us, so I think our approach just has to be a little bit different," forward Steve Novak said, according to ESPN.com.