Suns' Stoudemire sits out practice with knee injury

Updated: October 8, 2005, 2:22 AM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire saw the team doctor Friday because of pain in his troublesome left knee.

 Amare Stoudemire

Stoudemire has been trying to play through the discomfort at training camp by resting in the morning and practicing in the afternoon after heat treatments.

On Friday, he did little at the morning practice and skipped the next session to consult with Dr. Tom Carter.

Team president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said the possibilities ranged from Stoudemire continuing to play to "diagnostic surgery."

"We have no information at this time with respect to a direction with regard to Amare's knee," Colangelo said. "We are continuing the evaluation process and trying to determine the best course of action."

Coach Mike D'Antoni was hoping for the best.

"It could be what we thought, and it could be a little bit more," D'Antoni said.

Stoudemire, a 6-foot-10 power forward who played center for the Suns last season and still averaged 26 points a game and 29.9 points in the postseason, signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension on Monday.

The No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft out of a Florida high school, Stoudemire won the 2003 Rookie of the Year award and has refined his game each season. He received his first All-Star berth last season and earned second-team All-NBA recognition.

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