Knicks KO Themselves!
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.)