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Amare Stoudemire out for the season

Billy Gardner

Amare Stoudemire to sit on the bench for the remainder of the season

Bulging disk in his back

With only a month left in the regular season, Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks suffered a devastating blow when the high flyer is now reported to be out for the season with a bulging disk in his back.

“You don’t wish it on any player, especially Amare, who’s a big part of what we do,” Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said Monday. “All we can is just hope that it’s not as serious as it may be and that he has a speedy recovery.”

An MRI done after the Detroit victory on Saturday confirmed that Amare Stoudemire did not need back surgery but was out for the season and will be treated with rehabilitation. With point guard Jeremy Lin also out with a sore right knee, much of the pressure left in the regular season falls on the Knick’s highest paid player, Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony scored 28-points in last nights win against the Minnesota Bucks, his highest scoring game since Jan. 20 against a loss to the same team. “I’ve just got to step my game up,” he said. “We’ve been winning. As far as scoring the basketball, we really haven’t been needing that. It’s been pretty much spread out but now with them two guys, there ain’t no telling what’s the situation with them. So it’s just time for me to step my game up in all aspects.”

Jeremy Lin has been labeled as day to day with Amare Stoudemire labeled as indefinite and out for the season. The Knicks play Orlando on Wednesday.

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