State of the Knicks: Stoudemire has surgery, Anthony isn’t thinking about contract

October 1, 2013

Amare Stoudemire has had three knee procedures in less than a year. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

The New York Knicks cleared up a few things Monday.

Over the summer, Amare Stoudemire indeed had surgery to clean up his knee — his third procedure in a year — confirmation of a report Sunday by the New York Daily News. Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to talk or think about the possibility of opting out of his contract after the season. And Isiah Thomas isn’t coming back, but Mike Woodson is. The team picked up the option on his contract for 2014-15.

The Stoudemire news was a surprise, coming after he a underwent debridement procedure in his knee last October and again in March. He managed to play in only 29 games, limited to 20 minutes a game.

“The whole goal is to get strong and recover,” Stoudemire said Monday, “so hopefully by the time training camp is over I should be ready to go. If not, we’ll see. [We're] still taking precautionary measures. We’ll see how that plays out.”

If that’s hardly reassuring, at least Anthony promised not to be a distraction. On the team’s media day, he vowed to not “go through the season thinking about my contract. There’s really no need to at this point. There’s no need to talk about it. When that time comes, I’ll deal with it. Until then, my focus is really on being here, being a Knick, doing what I have to do to, hopefully, win a championship.”

Which will be difficult, but at least Thomas won’t be around to complicate things.

“No, Isiah will not be coming back to the Knicks,” Steve Mills, the team’s new president and general manager, told ESPN New York Radio’s Michael Kay. “I’ve known Isiah for a long time. I think he has a lot of good things going on in his life. He just finished getting his master’s at [the University of California] Berkeley. He’s on NBA TV. He’s doing a lot of community work through his foundation. I actually think with his background and what he was able to get accomplished as the president of the [NBA] players’ association, he’s probably an excellent candidate for the executive director’s job at the NBA players’ association.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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