In a move that shows just how confident the New York Knicks are in Amar’e Stoudemire’s health, it is being reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News that the team chose to keep Stoudemire’s offseason surgery, the third procedure the ailing power forward has had in the last 12 months, a secret.
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 a “clean up” and isn’t considered major.
At this point the Knicks operating under a veil of secrecy should come as no surprise. Still, the news is not exactly reassuring for Knicks fans who were hoping that after what was essentially a lost season for Stoudemire in 2012-1013, that the former all-star was ready to contribute, even if at the most basic level.
Based on Isola’s report, it seems that Stoudemire should still be ready for the start of training camp. The big question is, just how confident can the Knicks and their fan base be in a player who cannot seem to stay off the operating table?
Of course this question, as well as many others surrounding Amar’e's future in NY will be answered in the coming months, so stay tuned as The Empire Writes Back keeps you up to speed on all the important happening out of Knicks training camp.