Two days after worsening the New York Knicks chances of even winning a game against the Miami Heat in their first round series, Amar’e Stoudemire attempted to explain himself.
After going down 0-2 in Miami, Stoudemire lacerated his hand causing paramedics to be called to the arena to treat his hand which may keep him sidelined for the whole series according to some reports.
The New York media expectantly ripped him a new one, but Stoudemire wants to clear up people’s negative perception of what transpired:
“I understand the fans are frustrated, and I am, too. But they have the wrong perception of what happened. I wasn’t trying to hurt myself and I didn’t punch a glass window. It was nothing like that.”
He went into further detail by saying:
“I was walking down the corridor frustrated that we were down, 0-2, and I swung my arm at the wall,” Stoudemire said, describing the episode. “The fire extinguisher door was 85 percent metal and 2 percent glass, or whatever. I didn’t see the glass. I swung my arm backward. It wasn’t like I had a closed fist and punched the glass. I was letting off a little frustration — trying to make some noise, not injure myself.
“When I saw that I my hand was cut, I was like, what? I was very upset and upset with myself. But never in a million years did I think I would cut my hand.” -Source
What’s done is done and the same can be said for the Knicks but Stoudemire doesn’t expect to be one the sidelines watching his team without him for long.
“I’m expecting to heal up fast,” Stoudemire said. “I think there’s a great chance I can play Sunday.”
We’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, there’s much more scrutiny and criticism coming his way.