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.

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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.

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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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