As if things weren't bad enough for the New York Knicks, word has come in that Amare Stoudemire got injured in a postgame tirade. Frustrated about the way the Knicks played on Monday night (April 30), it looks like Stoudemire punched his first through the glass casing of a fire extinguisher.
The news is not good, as Stoudemire has lacerations on his left hand that required stitches. It now looks like he will almost certainly miss Game 3 on Thursday night (May 3). Emotions apparently got the best of him after a game where the Knicks really struggled on defense. It's hard to pin down exactly what set off his temper enough to allegedly vandalize the building in this fashion, but it could cost him the rest of the postseason.
I don't think that Knicks fans should just write this off as an aberration in behavior, because this isn't an incident that someone gets away with in the "real world." If an average fan were to punch through the glass of a fire extinguisher case like this, we would have to consider ourselves lucky if the police didn't haul us off. This is typical celebrity treatment and I find myself ashamed that a player for the team I support has set such a terrible example for his young fans.
This is possibly a situation where the league could step in and suspend Stoudemire for a game, simply because his conduct was so far outside acceptable parameters. As for the Knicks, the team gets left shorthanded again, much like when Stoudemire missed games during the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Losing another potential scoring threat is going to cripple the Knicks even further, but at least the team has had a lot of practice trying to score points without Stoudemire active.
The Knicks losing Stoudemire isn't as bad as the Chicago Bulls losing Derrick Rose to injury or the Boston Celtics losing Rajon Rondo to suspension, but it takes away an option that coach Woodson had to work with. Hopefully the team can figure out another way to simply spread the floor and take more advantage of the three-point shooting that racked up so many wins in April.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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