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Amar’e Stoudemire, and Amar’e Stoudemire’s Left Knee, Return to Phoenix Tonight

Amar'e Stoudemire returns to Phoenix tonight, and on the occasion, it's hard to read Howard Beck's Times piece about Stoudemire's surgically repaired knee and not worry, just a tiny little bit, about the Knicks' biggest star. Stoudemire, the paper reminds us, had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2005, and that while he has thrived since the procedure, the Suns would only guarantee the first three years of the five-year contract they offered him. (Doctors had advised the Suns that the new cartilage in Stoudemire's knee might last only six or seven years following the 2005 surgery.) That said, while there's some debate within the medical community on the subject, the doctor who pioneered the procedure tells Beck that, in general, his studies have shown that if the procedure is successful, the tissue "remains resilient indefinitely." (Said the doctor: "I think in general, if people have gone six years and there's no signs of slowing, they have a good chance of going indefinitely." If you read the piece, try to focus mostly on that section.) In other Amar'e news, he's gaining ground on Kevin Garnett in the All-Star voting, as he should be. Meanwhile, in other Phoenix Suns news, don't hold your breath waiting for a Steve Nash trade. [NYT]

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