Regardless of the type of greatness he may achieve from now until retirement, this is the moment that is going to haunt Amar’e Stoudemire for the remainder of his career. The infamous fire extinguisher incident will be remembered by any and all who were sports fans after the turn of the century. From the stories we heard about how gruesome the injury was, it sounds like Amar’e doesn’t need people piling it on. However, we have already seen a hilarious t-shirt that pokes fun at him, New York newspapers making a mockery of the incident, and now this.
The photo that you see above was tweeted by Austin Croshere of the Pacers with the following text: “The Pacers training staff is taking injury prevention to a whole new level!”
Fantastically original — we’ll give it that. Sorry, Amar’e. Some things are just too funny to pass up.
Thanks to Los That Sports Blog for sharing the photo with us
After going 15 rounds with the glass casing of a fire extinguisher and slicing his left hand open following Game 2 in Miami on Monday, Amar’e Stoudemire received stitches from paramedics and left the arena with his hand heavily bandaged and his arm in a sling. Those are the PG-rated details. But thanks to ESPN New York, we now have new details on the extent of the injury. And these details take on more of an R-rated, Quentin Tarantino-directed-movie twist. So, be warned, this isn’t going to paint a pretty image in your mind:
“Half of his hand was just hanging off,” a source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “It was really bad. Blood was just squirting out. That’s why they had the paramedics come in, because they thought he might have punctured an artery because of how much blood was coming out.”
Stoudemire’s status remains in question for the rest of this series. He’s already been ruled out of Game 3 on Thursday. And even though it’s doubtful, Amar’e thinks he could play in Game 4 on Sunday: “I think there’s a great chance I’ll play Sunday, not totally sure yet.”
If Stoudemire does play Sunday, give him credit. He’d be the first person ever to play less than a week after half of his hand allegedly came off.
H/T The Basketball Jones
Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
There may not be anyone in America who is more embarrassed than Amar’e Stoudemire after the events that took place on Monday night. As you have likely heard, Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher in the locker room after a frustrating Game 2 loss to Miami. He reportedly cut his hand pretty badly and could miss the remainder of the series.
To make matters even worse for Amar’e and Knicks nation, the folks who sell sports apparel over at CrosstownNY worked quickly to assure that the fire extinguisher incident lives in infamy. The joy of an item like this is that the more the Knicks struggle, the more fans you’ll see buying them in frustration. Genius.
H/T Darren Rovell via Ball Don’t Lie
Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire committed the ultimate brain fart by cutting his hand punching a fire extinguisher in the locker room following his team’s Game 2 loss to the Heat on Monday night.
Stoudemire left the arena with his left hand bandaged and his left arm in a sling. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports says he did not get an X-ray, and the number of stitches he required to treat the wound is not known.
Above is a look at the type of fire extinguisher inside America Airlines Arena that Amare punched, according to Brian Windhorst.
Below is the trail of blood Amare left on the locker room floor:
Had Carmelo Anthony never gone down with an injury this season, we may have never known the true reason Mike D’Antoni can no longer coach the Knicks. Unless you believe it is a coincidence that the Knicks were the NBA’s hottest team when Carmelo was on the bench, you know that the return of Melo spelled the end for D’Antoni. Anthony is the superstar, and he and D’Antoni were never going to get along. Amar’e Stoudemire even alluded to it when asked about D’Antoni’s resignation on Wednesday.
“I know he tried to implement a certain system,” Stoudemire said according to the NY Daily News. “And everyone wasn’t buying into it, so he may have been a little frustrated so he felt stepping down was the best way for him.
“It’s never easy. Whenever you’re losing ballgames, frustration sets in. The ultimate cure to anything is to win. And at that point in time we weren’t doing that.”
In other words, Melo wasn’t buying into the system. Everyone seemed to be buying into it just fine when Anthony was sitting out with an injury and the Knicks ripped off seven straight wins. Carmelo, of course, insists he had nothing to do with his former head coach’s decision.
“It didn’t have anything to do with that,” Anthony said. “That was Coach’s decision. I really don’t know where his mind-set was at, what he thought, what he’s thinking as far his decision to step down. Anything about me and Mike he’ll tell you we never had any issues. Any disagreements he had with us as a team we talked about and we went from there.”
Given the rumors that D’Antoni wanted to trade Carmelo before the deadline, it would appear the Knicks front office determined their head coach would be easier to replace than their biggest superstar. Anthony can pretend all he wants if he thinks it will help his public image, but there isn’t a single person in New York who would try to argue that he didn’t push D’Antoni out of town.
Just when it looked like Jeremy Lin may provide the spark the Knicks needed to rescue their disappointing season, they have reverted back to their old ways. Mike D’Antoni’s squad has been a model of inconsistency this year. Earlier this season, New York had a stretch where it lost six straight games and 11 out of 13. Once Lin came along, the Knicks ripped off seven straight wins. Yet once again, they find themselves in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Amar’e Stoudemire has one theory as to why things are spiraling downward all over again.
“We got to be in early, got to get ourselves mentally prepared, in the weight room, getting our bodies ready, watching film,’’ Stoudemire said when discussing Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, according to the NY Post. “Joking around has to stop at some point, especially at a time when we’re the eighth seed and not playing well. The time is now. There’s no time for fun and games.’’
Unlike the Wizards, a team that John Wall says has struggled because of a similar mentality, the Knicks are in a position to make the playoffs. However, they are a mere 2-8 since Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup. On top of that, Anthony reportedly either wants D’Antoni fired or wants New York to trade him. As L.B. mentioned on Tuesday, the Knicks were winning with D’Antoni at the helm, J.R. Smith still in China, and Melo riding the bench. With the trade deadline looming, perhaps the best move for New York would be figuring out what type of return they could get for the man who was supposed to rescue their franchise.
Amar’e Stoudemire got a teardrop tattoo under his right eye to help remember his brother Hazell, who died last week.
Hazell died in a car crash in Florida last Monday when he ran into a tractor trailer at a high speed. Amar’e got the tattoo in honor of his big brother.
“The tear tattoo shows I’m still crying inside,” Stoudemire said Tuesday. “It’s hard to explain how close my brother was to me. He was my father figure and mentor and why I played basketball. He’s part of my success so I’m always crying inside.”
Amar’e missed four games after his brother’s death and returned to action for Tuesday’s win over the Raptors. He sent a tweet dedicating the win to his brother, while also including a picture of the teardrop tattoo:
On a day where people are either celebrating a Giants victory or mourning a Patriots loss, Amar’e Stoudemire and his family suffered a horrible loss that reminds us there are more important things in life than a game. According to TMZ.com, Stoudemire’s brother Hazell Stoudemire died early Monday morning in a car crash in Florida.
The accident happened on Route 27 in Lake Wales. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stoudemire was driving at a “high rate of speed” when he collided with the rear of a tractor trailer.
He died on the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 35-year-old Stoudemire was not wearing a seat belt when he smashed into the big rig … and they are unsure if alcohol was a factor.
Details of the story are still forthcoming, but it is assumed that Stoudemire will be taking time off from the Knicks to deal with the tragedy. Our thoughts are with Amar’e and his family during what is sure to be an incredibly difficult time.
When superstars collide, results suffer. For those of you who have not been following, the Knicks are not playing very well. We all know they have the talent, but for whatever reason New York has yet to gel. Slowly but surely, some of the reasons are coming to light. According to the NY Post, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are not exactly seeing eye-to-eye.
“We as a team need to do a better job getting Amar’e the ball,’’ Anthony admitted. “I have the ball in my hands. Maybe it’s on me. Maybe I have to give him the ball a little more, help him out with that. We’ll talk probably (today) and try to figure it out together. If I’m doing too much, I want him to tell me. I want the guys on the team to tell me if I’m doing too much.’’
Those comments came after a night in which the Knicks lost their sixth straight game and fans at the Garden booed Anthony. Carmelo scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but he was 10-for-30 from the floor. He’s obviously shooting too much, and a source told the Post it has strained the relationship between he and Stoudemire.
The 2012 Team USA Olympic basketball roster of 12 players will be chosen from a list of 20 candidates. One player who is not among them is Amar’e Stoudemire. While he doesn’t appear to be holding a grudge or displaying any hard feelings, Stoudemire is obviously disappointed that he was not invited to try out for the team.
“It’s definitely not my choice,’’ Stoudemire said according to the NY Post. “I would love to play. My loyalty is with USA Basketball. … If they need me, I’m there.’’
Differences of opinions exist regarding why Stoudemire was not chosen. As the Post reminded us, the Knicks did not allow Amar’e to participate in the FIBA World Championship last summer because they didn’t want him to suffer any type of injury after they had just inked him to a monstrous contract. That decision is believed to have annoyed USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo, so it’s possible he didn’t want to give New York the opportunity to raise a stink again.
As Eye on Basketball pointed out, Amar’e may have also been left off the invite list for basketball reasons. The 2012 team is loaded with talent and includes forwards Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. Both are tremendous players who are playing at an incredibly high level this season, so it is possible that there just isn’t any room for Stoudemire on the 20-man invite list. In any event, I’m sure he is not the only player who is upset he wasn’t asked to help defend the gold medal.