NEW YORK (AP) -- Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will have left knee surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The announcement Tuesday means Stoudemire could miss more than twice as long as the Knicks originally estimated when he was hurt during the preseason.
The team says he will have a debridement, which is the removal of tissue.
Stoudemire played in one preseason game but was bothered again by knee pain, and the Knicks said he had a ruptured cyst and would be sidelined two to three weeks.
Stoudemire struggled through an injury-filled 2011-12 season, though none of his problems were with his surgically repaired knee.