Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Amare Stoudemire Done for the Season

Suns forward Amare Stoudemire had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday and won't play again this season.

The operation followed a comeback that lasted just three games. He had missed the first 66 games of the season after surgery on his left knee.

“He'll start rehabbing next week, and I'd imagine his goal is to start getting ready for Team USA," said D'Antoni, an assistant on the U.S. team.

D'Antoni brushed aside the suggestion that Stoudemire's absence will hurt Phoenix as it bids for a first NBA title. Phoenix has all but locked up the second overall seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

"I think we still have a shot," D'Antoni said. "I think we can play with anybody. I think our players are looking forward to showing what they've got."