A frustrating, difficult season reached a new low Monday night when Amar’eStoudemire, after the Knicks dropped Game 2 of their playoff series to the Miami Heat, angrily punched the glass door covering a fire extinguisher at American Airlines Arena.
Paramedics were summoned to the locker room and Stoudemire required 15 stitches, leaving his status for Game 3 in doubt. When reporters saw him next, he was leaving the arena with his left, non-shooting hand heavily bandaged and his arm in a sling, his head covered by a hoodie.
Stoudemire, the New York Daily News, was expected to see a hand specialist to determine whether he had ligament or tendon damage. A team source told the News that Stoudemire would not play again in the series.
The Knicks, down 0-2 to the Heat, were 14-5 during his absences earlier this year because of back problems and the death of his brother, whom he called his “guardian angel,” in February. But he is a $100 million man. “Amar'e is a huge piece of this team,” Tyson Chandler said. “And, you know, without him it’s going to make it more difficult.”
Especially with Jeremy Lin recovering from knee surgery, Iman Shumpert lost to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Baron Davis’s back acting up. The Knicks are fighting to avoid a sweep by the Heat ... and Stoudemire's catching the heat — unfortunately not the Heat — from every angle. The fire extinguisher has a Twitter account. There’s a gif of a Rock 'em Sock 'em fire extinguisher repeatedly hitting Stoudemire.
As for Stoudemire, he did his talking about the matter on Twitter.
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— Amar'e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) May 1, 2012
We all have done thing out of anger that we regret.That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.— Amar'e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) May 1, 2012
Still, it was a silly, thoughtless, selfish gesture made in the heat of frustration. “If the power forward's physical shortcomings were forgivable, his emotional postgame breakdown was not,” ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor wrote. “The Knicks canceled Tuesday's scheduled practice in an attempt to recover, and they could sure use Jeremy Lin to change the narrative as quickly as possible.
But nothing — not even time — will heal the damage from Stoudemire's sucker punch, which shattered a season and a good man's good name with it.”