To start, we agree with Trey Kerby at The Basketball Jones. The imagery in this post will be gross. If you don't like gross, and we're right there with you, step away after reading this intro.
We're well aware of what New York Knicks forward/center Amar'e Stoudemire did on Monday night, bashing his left hand into a fire extinguisher case in frustration, following his team's loss to the Miami Heat. There was so much blood, following the incident, that Stoudemire had to be strapped into a stretcher while paramedics worked on his left hand. And, according to a source that talked with ESPN's Chris Broussard (yee-uh oh) on Tuesday, things were a little nastier than initially reported:
"Half of his hand was just hanging off. 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."
Super, super gross. Also, super, super exaggerated.
Amar'e had to have stitches, and a surgeon had to give him what the team called minor surgery, with no tendon or ligament damage, while they "repaired a small muscle" in his hand. For half a hand to be "just hanging off," you tend to see some more severe knife work. Like, perhaps, the night of the incident, and not half a day later back in New York.
We don't doubt the spillage of Stoudemire-blood. And our "settle down, guys"-take doesn't deflect from the fact that this was a ridiculous move on Amar'e's part.
But half his hand wasn't hanging out. Settle down, guys. In terms of anecdotes, Broussard's source sounds majorly messed-up, man. Especially when even Broussard points out that Stoudemire still might be an option for the Knicks if the team can extend the team's first-round series. Guys who go to bed with half a hand on Monday night don't tend to suit up for a basketball game a week later.
UPDATE: Amar'e, in a media availability session in Wednesday, said that there is a "great chance" he'll play in Sunday's Game 4.
Except, probably not.