The Chicago Bulls are considered legitimate title contenders with the return of a healthy Derrick Rose, and the Indiana Pacers are as well as they have bolstered their bench and have Danny Granger returning from knee injury. Both of these teams seem excited to have their talented players return, but we haven't heard much about the Knicks getting back Amar'e Stoudemire, who only appeared in 29 games last season.
STAT's health is being called into question as it have been revealed that he underwent a "surgical procedure" on his knees this past July. That would make his third procedure on his knees in a year, and while it is being described as minor, the fact that the Knicks were have been seemingly hiding this information does not bode well for their confidence in Stoudemire's return.
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 "clean up" and isn't considered major.
However, the secrecy surrounding Stoudemire's latest health issue could be an indication that the club is not optimistic that they can rely on the veteran power forward.
New York has championship aspirations this year - just ask J.R. Smith - but they will be hard-pressed to even get out of the East with the Heat returning the same team, Chicago getting back Rose, Indiana coming back even stronger, and of course Brooklyn's completely re-vamped lineup. They'll need a lot more from Amar'e than 29 games, and there has been talk that he will be limited to only 20 minutes a night.