November 22, 2011
It's been many months since New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) had to sit on the bench with a bad back and watch his teammates get beaten by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. He's one of the few players in the NBA that was likely happy to have a little bit of extra resting time when training camp didn't get started when it was originally scheduled.
Last month, he claimed his back was fully healthy and it looked that way when he took the court for the South Florida All-Star Classic in Miami, according to Newsday. But now news has come that Stoudemire pulled out of a Make-a-Wish charity game on Sunday because his back was hurting, the paper reports.
Stoudemire had confirmed that he would play but then he did not show up for the Bay Area game, the paper reports. His agent, Happy Walters, refutes the news, telling Newsday that Stoudemire is "fine" and "working out."
Newsday theorizes that Stoudemire "decided to pull out of the game ... and the back injury was used as an excuse."