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Knicks KO Themselves!

Sing it Dean Martin: "When your fists hit the glass like a big stupid ass, that Amare"

Being a Knicks, Mets and Jets fan has helped me build some thick skin and cope with defeat and heartache better than most people can.  But this Monday night I was pushed to a whole new level of “fan frustration.”  Amare Stoudemire performed what I can only describe as the most selfish and moronic move I have ever seen in sports.  Following a demoralizing game 2 defeat in Miami, the Knicks players headed to their locker room with their heads down, and in Amare’s case fists loaded.  Stoudemire thought that the best way to take out his post game frustrations was to punch the glass casing on a fire extinguisher.  Who knows, maybe this act was a metaphor for how Amare thought he could “put out” the Heat’s fire.  Regardless of his intentions, Amare has now removed himself from game 3 and most likely the remainder of the series because of the lacerations he sustained from the punch.

This could not have come at a worse time. First, let’s start with the fact that the Knicks are now going to have to try and find a way to beat arguably the best team in the NBA without their second leading scorer and rebounder whilst down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series.  Secondly, this is now back-to-back seasons where Amare Stoude’quagmire’s dimwitted actions altered his ability to play in the playoffs.  Last season in a shoot-around before game 2 against the Boston Celtics, Amare tweaked his back trying to perform over-the-top dunks in pregame warm ups and was unable to perform for the rest of the series.  This most recent act of selfishness is inexcusable and he definitely deserves to to be reprimanded for his lunacy.

“I am so mad at myself right now,” Stoudemire tweeted after declining to speak to the news media. “I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.”  Hopefully the first thing he does when he gets home is give some of that 5-year $100 million contract back to some fans around New York who have had to suffer through his last two seasons of underwhelming performances.  I for one would like the $99 I spent buying his jersey reimbursed to me.

What does this mean for the remainder of the series against Miami?  Well, games 3 and 4 are going to be played in New York and hopefully the Knicks will have a fire lit under the asses…(if it gets out of control I hear Amare knows what to do.) Regardless of the Knicks tenacity in Thursday’s upcoming game 3, this all feels a little too similar to last seasons series against Boston where we also had two starters down for the count, Amare and Chauncy Billups.  The series ended in a sweep and is part of the Knicks tying the worst losing streak in playoff history with 12 straight losses.  After the game Carmelo Anthony said, “Nobody wants to lose, but my thing is, as one of the leaders of the team, I’ve got to keep everybody positive. I’ve got to keep everybody’s head up to keep everybody confident.”  All season long Melo has tried and help Amare get over his injuries and career-worst performances but it doesn’t seem like it helped.  When asked about what Amare did he said,  “I really don’t know how to put it in words, but it’s a tough situation. It seems like it’s always something happening. Snakebit.”

I am a very strong believer in Karma so maybe back in New York there will be a fire extinguisher that punches Amare back.  All I am really hoping for is a couple more competitive games against Miami and then an off-season where the Knicks look for healthy and responsible players that actually have a goal of winning…(and rubber casing around all fire extinguishers in the Garden.)

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5 responses

  1. Chris

    Love that as a Knicks fan you still have your sense of humor………..(and rubber casing around all fire extinguishers in the Garden.)

    May 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

  2. Listen, what Amare did, was a selfish act that has now put his team in a serious whole, but there are a couple of factors playing into this whole thing. Amare has been battling through injuries for the better part of the year, and as an athlete who has been able to do things his whole career who is no longer able to compete at the same level, it has to be extremely frustrating. On top of that, Amare has had a tough year in his personal life, dealing with the death of his brother. In the moments after the game, its obvious all of these emotions boiled over and he did something really stupid. With that said, Amare has to understand that he gets paid 100 million dollars to be professional on and off the court. He needs to be a leader on this Knicks team, and he absolutely failed in that regard. I am not condoning what he did, just trying to understand the nature of someone who loses control and does something stupid in a big moment. We all lose control of ourselves now and then, unfortunately for Stoudemire, his moment became a national story.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

  3. Great post. It’s going to be really interesting to see how the Knicks respond to this. Without Shumpert and a healthy Davis they didn’t really have a hope in hell anyways but I their response could very well be the thing that determines whether Mike Woodson stays on as head coach next year for the Knicks or not. The Heat are too good for them but can they take a game or even two from them without Stoudemire. I guess only time will tell. Also, it’d be great if you could take a peek over at my latest article because I would be thrilled to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/a-blessing-in-disguise/

    May 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

  4. Matt:
    I don’t know what it’s like to be a Mets Fan. I do know what it’s like to root for the Jets and Knicks. What has bothered me is how much hype the Knicks have gotten on sports Radio. Sorry, but they have not shown me enough. Yes, with Woodson, they have played better, specifically on defense. The Knicks still try too solve problems with too many jump shots. They pass-look, instead of look-pass. I know this because I have coached Basketball. Amare came over to the Knicks and impressed me. I know he has had a tough year personally. Frankly, he has acted like a “child” too much. Knicks fans are suffering for the buffoonery of Gms past, Donnie Walsh excluded and Dolan. The Knicks are just not that good and that’s a fact. How they fix the problem in the future, I just don’t have a solution. Carmelo, and it’s totally not his fault. If Michael Jordan was in his prime on this team, with all the problems, he would come up big. That’s what big-time players do. Carmelo is not Jordan. But where has he been? EDB

    May 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

  5. Michelle

    That’s exactly what He was trying to do, put out the fire of The Heat. What he didn’t realize, is that he will need the entire nyc fire dept to put out the heat, this year.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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