Stoudemire to miss at least two weeks with bulging disk

NEW YORK — Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire will be sidelined two to four weeks with a bulging disk in his lower back, but will not undergo surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-11 power forward left Saturday's game against the Pistons with lower back soreness and missed Monday's victory over Milwaukee.

Stoudemire traveled to Miami to get a second opinion on the injury, and the Knicks say the doctors agreed on the diagnosis.

It is the second straight year that the six-time All-Star has hurt his back. He pulled a back muscle in the playoffs last year and had to spend the offseason rehabbing.

Stoudemire, who is in the second year of a five-year, $100 million contract, is averaging 17.6 points and eight rebounds in 43 games.

The injury comes with the Knicks gelling under new coach Mike Woodson, winning seven of their last eight since the resignation of Mike D'Antoni.

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