Sad ending to a sad season for Stoudemire


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In a metaphor of sorts, the New York Knicks’ season hit emergency levels when their star player punched out the glass on a fire extinguisher Monday night.

The Knicks now trail the Miami Heat 0-2 in a series that seems to be over already. Sure, the Knicks will get two games at Madison Square Garden and a chance to even the series, but it will be tough to make any noise against a very good Heat team.

Especially when you’ve seen two of your starters go down in the first two games — guard Iman Shumpert went down with a torn ACL in Game 1, and now Amar’e Stoudemire will likely miss the rest of the series after suffering a deep cut on his hand when he angrily punched a case holding a fire extinguisher following a 104-94 loss in Game 2.

On the surface, this seems like a very stupid move. It looks, quite frankly, 100 percent selfish. But when you take into account everything Stoudemire has been through, it makes a little more sense.

Remember Jeremy Lin-mania? Part of the reason why it occurred was because Stoudemire missed several games due to his brother’s death in a car accident in early February. Almost immediately, Stoudemire had a teardrop tattooed under his eye as a memory to his brother.

It’s impossible to know for sure, but it’s plausible to think Stoudemire might have made a promise to his deceased brother to win a title this year. After all, the Knicks were supposed to be one of the top two or three teams in the East, and with Lin flourishing, Stoudemire was likely poised to return from the funeral to a surging team and added incentive to win it all.

Is that so far-fetched?

Now, imagine you’re walking back to the locker room Monday night, knowing that your chance to win the championship was nearly finished. The Heat are clearly the better team, and your chance of finding some happiness in a year that has been awful is fading.

I’d probably want to punch something, too.

It’s not good that Stoudemire left his teammates without his guidance and production the rest of the series, but would they really have a chance to upset the Heat if he was on the court?

Not from what I’ve seen.

I feel bad for Amar’e far more than I feel any other emotion after his Punch Heard ‘Round the World. But, hopefully, he will find another way to express his emotions next time.

Because without him, the Knicks are definitely done.

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