The frustrated All-Star slashed his left hand while punching a fire extinguisherÂ Monday night after the KnicksÂ fell to 0-2 against the Miami Heat in the NBA Playoffs series. StoudemireÂ hadÂ surgery on Tuesday, which many speculate will end his season.
But the 6’11” power forward is optimistic of his future and plans to participate in Game 4 on Sunday.
“I think there’s a great chance [but] I’m not totally, totally sure yet. I’ll be back soon,” he told reporters. “[…] I’ve persevered through a lot of injuries and worked hard to recover from injuries.”
StoudemireÂ has received much criticism from fans and sports analysts for his poor judgement, but heÂ claims they haveÂ the wrong idea on what really happened.
“Weâ€˜re down 0-2 and I knew how important it was to get a win in Miami. We played somewhat well enough to win Game 2. I was moreÂ frustrated we were down 0-2. It wasnâ€™t like I was trying to take out the fireÂ extinguisher door. I wanted to make noise and let out frustration.
Fans actually think I had a closed fist and punched through that glass door.Â They have [the] wrong perception of what happened. I walked by and swung my armÂ backwards it hit [the] fire extinguisher door and I slashed my hand byÂ accident.â€™â€™
I just walked by the door and itâ€™s made of 85 percent metal and 2 percent strip of glass. I didn’t try to hit the glass. I walked byÂ and hit my hand on the wall. I didnâ€™t see the strip of glass.â€™â€™
Stoudemire apologized after Monday’s game via Twitter stating, “We all have done thing [sic]Â out of anger that we regret.Â That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This to shall pass.”
Knicks coach Mike WoodsonÂ said “it’s up to the doctors” if Stoudemire will be ready to suit up for Sunday’s game.