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New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is expected to miss at least six weeks and possibly eight after hurting the knee on which he had microfracture surgery.

Stoudemire had ruptured a cyst behind the knee in an exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 19, but the Knicks expected to have him back within two-to-three weeks. However, ESPN’s Chris Broussard, citing unnamed sources, reported that Stoudemire sought a second opinion from Dr. Thomas Carter, the Phoenix Suns’ team doctor. Carter did microfracture surgery on Stoudemire’s knee in 2005.

The Knicks are scheduled to open the season Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center, but the NBA is reconsidering that, after the devastation of superstorm Sandy. The Knicks open at home on Friday night and, with Stoudemire hurting, the team no doubt prefers that both games get pushed back.

Stoudemire has a history of knee problems and, as Broussard points out, only the Knicks were willing to offer him a five-year, $100 million contract when he was a free agent in 2010. The contract is uninsured because of his knee problems.

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