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When the FIBA World Championship tips off next month in Istanbul, Turkey, neither Amar’e Stoudmire nor Dirk Nowitzki will be there.
The Knicks askedStoudemire not to play for Team USA this summer in the World Championship because of insurance concerns related to his left knee.
Stoudemire, 27, underwent microfracture surgery on the knee in October 2005, but insurance doesn’t cover it should he suffer a career-ending injury.
“It was over insurance,” Knicks president Donnie Walsh said in an email.
Asked if it was too big a risk to let Stoudemire play, Walsh added:
“It always is but this would be extremely expensive. Plus, Amare played deep into playoffs [until June] and would play from today through Sept. 13 with USA and go to our training camp on Sept 24. [It’s] too much in one summer.”