From Comcast SportsNetGREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire could be sidelined for two months, the second straight season the New York Knicks forward will miss significant time because of injury.The Knicks said Tuesday that Stoudemire would have left knee surgery and could be out six to eight weeks, more than twice as long as originally estimated when he was hurt during the preseason.The team said he will have a debridement, a procedure to remove tissue."It's tough. I mean, Amare's a big piece to our puzzle, man. I don't care how you slice it," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "We'll be here when he gets back, that's for sure. We've just got to hold the fort down until he's able to get back in a uniform and on the floor playing."Stoudemire missed the first two preseason games with a bruised left knee, then scored 18 points in 27 minutes against Toronto on Oct. 19. He was bothered by more pain and the Knicks announced he had a ruptured cyst and would be sidelined two to three weeks.But he and the Knicks decided after further discussion and consultation to have the procedure.Stoudemire struggled through an injury-filled 2011-12, though none of his problems were with his surgically repaired knee. He missed 15 games because of injuries, 13 with a bulging disk in his back, and his average of 17.5 points was his lowest since his rookie season.His absence further hinders the Knicks' hopes of getting Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony to mesh in their first full season together. The Knicks are just 31-40 when both play, and both have said they expected things to be better this season with their first training camp."It's disappointing. I definitely thought this was going to be the season that we had a chance to go out there and play together in a full season, no injuries or things like that," Anthony said. "But at the end of the day, you can't control that. You can't control what happens to your body, you can't control injuries."We want him to just be healthy. End of the day, when he's ready to come back, his jersey will be hanging in the locker and we'll be ready for him."The Knicks could opt to play Anthony at Stoudemire's power forward spot, which they did with success late last season.New York did get good injury news Tuesday when center Tyson Chandler was able to take part in portions of their practice. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee after a collision in an exhibition game last Wednesday, but hopes to play Thursday in the season opener at Brooklyn.The NBA communications staff announced on its Twitter page Tuesday night that the game would be played as scheduled, despite damage to New York's subway system caused by Hurricane Sandy. The NBA said earlier Tuesday it was still evaluating games for later this week.
At first, hopes for a superstar coming to Boston were dashed . . .
Indiana has passed on trade offers for Paul George and All-Star forward will remain with the Pacers, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
And then, hopes of anyone coming to Boston were dashed . . .
Boston Celtics: No deals. "Standing pat," source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
Of course, is this is true, the breakdown of the George talks isn't such a bad thing:
Sources: Pacers asking for 3 of 4 from group of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown + 2017 Nets pick for Paul George.— Mike Ortiz Jr. (@xOrtiz4x) February 23, 2017
More to come . . .
Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”