The Suns have announced that Amare Stoudemire was forced to
undergo surgery Friday to repair a partially detached retina in his right eye
suffered in a Wednesday night rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. It is
Stoudemire's second injury in that eye since October and threatens to sideline
the All-Star forward for the rest of the regular season.
Stoudemire's return to physical activity has been estimated
at eight weeks by the Suns after Friday morning's procedure, although the club
said in a statement that "recovery varies on a case-by-case basis."
In a club statement Friday, Suns president of basketball
operations Steve Kerr said: "We are very glad to hear that Amare should
have a 100-percent recovery relative to his vision and his long-term prognosis
is excellent. Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose him at this time. We
are all very excited about the progress the team is making, but Amare's health
and the health of all our players is our No. 1 concern."