After a bad game 2 loss to the Miami Heat, Amare Stoudemire sent everyone into frenzy when he punched a fire extinguisher and severely cut his left hand. He was seen leaving the arena with his hand bandaged and his arm in a sling. On Tuesday a surgeon repaired a muscle in the hand. Stoudemire is out for game 3 and remains “doubtful” for game 4. Today the Knicks opened up the media room as Amare gave his statement about what occurred that night.
“It wasn’t like I had a closed fist and just punched through the glass,” Stoudemire said on Wednesday. “It was nothing like that. I just walked by, wanted to make some noise, swung my arm, hit the fire extinguisher door and didn’t even realize I was cut at all until Josh Harrellson told me I was cut.
“Then I saw the cut. Unfortunately after games, when it’s very passionate, things happen. You don’t expect … to injure yourself, but you’ve just got to deal with it.”
“I was like holy s— when I hit my hand on the fire extinguisher door I took a look at my hand I was like, what?” he said.
“I was very upset with myself. I was sad at the moment. I was feeling bad for my teammates. And out of all the times after games when you kick over ice, a chair, a cooler, you kick over a chair … everybody gets upset, you’re so passionate for the game, everyone gets upset at times.
“But never in a million years would I think that I actually cut my hand the way I did, so bad timing, but I’ll be back.”
Stoudemire repeatedly reiterated that it was done in anger over the loss and not meant to cause injury to himself. Though he is doubtful for game 4, he remains optimistic that he will be able to play.