NEW YORK, March 9 (Xinhua) -- New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will miss the rest of the regular season for right knee surgery next week, the NBA franchise announced Saturday.
Stoudemire, who is averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds a game, will undergo an operation to remove loose debris in the knee and will miss approximately six weeks.
The NBA playoffs are set to open in six weeks and the Knicks, who began the season 37-22 to top the Atlantic division, are already missing star playmaker Carmelo Anthony with a sore right knee.
Stoudemire underwent surgery on his left knee before the season began and was rehabilitating the knee until returning to the court for the Knicks in January.
An MRI exam on Saturday revealed the extent of Stoudemire's latest injury after he missed practice because of sore knees.