Amare Stoudemire let his emotions get the best of him after Game 2 in the first series of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Monday night the New York Knicks were extremely frustrated and upset after losing their second game in Miami, 104-94. When the game ended the angry Knicks walked back to the locker room knowing they are now down 0-2 in Round 1 best-of-seven series. Stoudemire feeling really upset on the way to the locker room, punched a glass case surrounding a fire extinguisher. A witness explained to Chris Broussard with ESPN Magazine, “He didn’t haul off and punch a glass; he hit it out of frustration. He kind of slapped it, but with a closed fist. He said he thought it was plastic instead of glass.” The glass broke and cut Stoudemire’s hand.
Stoudemire got a laceration on the palm of his right hand, on the side of his pinky finger. Many who saw it were worried he may have cut a ligament or tendon. Paramedics and team doctors from both teams were called in to tend to Stoudemire’s hand. They stitched, bandaged, and wrapped the injury. They also concluded that there was no damage done to any ligaments or tendons. Amare Stoudemire was seen leaving Miami’s arena Monday night with his hand heavily wrapped with bandages and his arm set in a sling.
In a post-game interview teammate Tyson Chandler said, “He’s probably going to be out. I don’t know how bad it is. .. Your emotions run high. In a split second, a decision can alter things. You can’t fault anybody. We’ve got to deal with the repercussions. “
Later that night Stoudemire tweeted, “I am so mad at myself right now. I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions. Headed home for a new start.” Then moments later he added, “We all have done things out of anger that we regret. That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”
Yesterday Tuesday May 1, 2012 Stoudemire went to see a hand specialist at the Hospital of Special Surgery. The surgeon repaired a small muscle in his hand, stitched him back up, and sent him on his way. Due to this injury, Stoudemire will sit out Game 3 against Miami on Thursday, and possibly Game 4 on Sunday. No one has said when they expect Stoudemire to return.
It is clear Amare Stoudemire punched the fire extinguisher case out of frustration, but what made him so frustrated? He has not explained his reasoning, but I am guessing it could be one of two things. One, it could be simply because the Knicks lost Game 2 and are down 0-2 in Round 1. Or it could have been a buildup of things, and the loss was the last straw. Stoudemire has had a difficult year with injuries and working hard to get back into shape and return to the court. He also missed some time in February to be with his family after hearing that his brother died in a car accident.
I could not imagine what it would be like to be injured and have to work your body back up to par in just a few months, and on top of it losing a sibling. That is heartbreaking. Then after all that, he finally gets to play again just in time to see the season coming to an end so early in playoffs. Yes the Knicks are not out yet, but it does bring a team down when they are down 0-2. Whether it was simply the loss or a buildup of other things, everyone can relate to losing their cool at least once during a moment of frustration.
I wish Stoudemire a speedy recovery. I am sure the team and fans will miss him while he is out.