NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Knicks will be without forward Amar'e Stoudemire for longer than expected.
The 29-year-old will undergo a left knee debridement and miss six to eight weeks, the team announced on Wednesday.
New York originally said Stoudemire would be out two to three weeks after a popliteal cyst ruptured behind his surgically repaired left knee.
The Knicks are scheduled to open the season on Thursday in Brooklyn.
Stoudemire had microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2005. The Knicks weren't able to insure a max contract given in 2010 to Stoudemire, who also had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2006.
With Stoudemire out, Carmelo Anthony could start the season at power forward.
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