Knicks anxious to know damage report on Starks

March 14, 1994|By New York Daily News

NEW YORK -- A season in which injuries have played a significant factor in the New York Knicks' fortunes and misfortunes took another turn for the worse Saturday night when it was learned after a 96-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden that All-Star guard John Starks will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and could be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

Saturday, a magnetic-resonance imaging examination revealed cartilage damage in "several areas," team physician Norman Scott said. Scott added that surgery today would determine how long Starks will be out.

If Scott simply removes the cartilage, then Starks could be back in action in about three weeks. If the damaged areas have to be repaired, Starks' recovery period could be up to eight weeks.

"I'm hoping it's three to five weeks," Starks said Saturday night. "It's tough, no question, to come at this time of the year and with me being an important part of the team. But things like this happen. You just have to deal with it.

"I didn't think it was this serious," added Starks, who sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. "I just caught my knee under me. I had this injury before [when he first joined the Knicks in 1991] and it wasn't as bad. But I'll be back."

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