MIAMI — A frustrated Amare Stoudemire punched glass casing surrounding a fire extinguisher minutes after the New York Knicks’ loss to the Miami Heat, according to a team source. The Knicks power forward suffered lacerations on his left hand which required stitches.
A league source told ESPNNewYork.com that Stoudemire is “almost certain” to miss Game 3 on Thursday in New York and there is a possibility that Stoudemire could miss the rest of the series.
Stoudemire was treated by paramedics and team doctors from both the Knicks and the Heat and was seen leaving the arena with his left forearm and hand heavily bandaged and his arm being supported by a sling. He suffered the laceration on the inside of his palm, on the side of his hand closest to the pinkie.
Stoudemire hasn’t undergone any MRIs or X-rays and the team provided no further update on the extent of the injury.
He punched the glass casing after walking off of the court following the Knicks’ 104-94 loss to the Heat.
“He was just frustrated,” a league source with knowledge of the incident said.
Stoudemire’s frustration may have stemmed from his shot attempts — nine — in Monday’s game, according to the source. He scored 18 points and had seven rebounds.
Stoudemire addressed the incident via his Twitter account.
“I am so mad at myself right now,” read a post on Stoudemire’s verified account. “I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions. headed home for a new start.”
A later post read: “We all have done thing out of anger that we regret. That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”
Source: Ian Begley – ESPNNewYork.com