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Knick Knacks: Amar’e Blows Cool and Season Away

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Talking about the 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat in the second game of their playoff series is meaningless right now. Besides being down 0-2 in the series, the New York Knicks have lost more than that: Amar’e Stoudemire is out for the rest of the series and it’s all of his own doing. He blew his cool after the game, punched a glass cabinet holding a fire extinguisher, and in doing so doused the flame of hope for all Knicks fans.

I know some people have been calling into the sports radio shows and are trying to downplay this, like it doesn’t matter in the big picture. The gist of what they are saying is that Stoudemire has not been much of a factor up until now anyway, so why should we miss his anemic contribution? We will do fine without him.

Well, I hate to break it to the Knicks faithful, but with or without Amar’e, the season is almost finished. The playoffs are going to be over for the Knicks (mercifully) soon. Everyone knew that finishing seventh meant a horror show for the Knicks. It was hanging over the team and fans; it was like knowing you were jumping into a pool with a Great White Shark. No matter what you do, the ending is not going to be pretty.

The problem is that Stoudemire is just another selfish athlete, a basketball brat who didn’t get his way, so he smashes something, cuts up his hand, and puts himself out of the lineup. This is another example of players who are paid too much to do too little and then, when they do not perform or get what is expected, they take it out on a water cooler, a dugout step, or (as in this case) a fire extinguisher. The heck with the fans, my teammates, and moving on to the next round. I know Stoudemire has apologized to the fans and his mates, but “sorry” means nothing to us now.

Even though Knicks fans knew this was going to be an almost impossible series to win, there was some hope in that Carmelo Anthony was playing for Mike Woodson now. With Amar’e back in the lineup, things seemed to be moving in the right direction, and the team was in the playoffs after all. Now Anthony knows, Woodson knows, and everyone else does too that it is over before it’s over. My apologies to Yogi Berra, but it’s true.

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.
  • http://wp.blogcritics.org/writers/charlie-doherty Charlie Doherty

    Can’t believe what Stoudemire did. If this happened in MLB, I’d consider it ‘roid rage, but now I just call it pure stupidity, much like Rondo bumping into the ref the other night and thus getting himself suspended for tonight’s game.

    It’s not over yet for your Knicks and my Celtics, but like you, I don’t see how the Knicks can recover from that injury, nor how my Celtics can overcome not having Rondo and Ray Allen in a playoff game.

    Football season can’t come fast enough!

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    “Football season can’t come fast enough!”

    I’m with you, Charlie.

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org/writers/charlie-doherty Charlie Doherty

    I guess I spoke too soon, as the C’s miraculously are about to overcome an 11-point deficit to steal Game 2. Wow. (But yeah, I am still very much still looking forward to football season more than these NBA playoffs.)

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    Knicks still had hope after the two losses and before he smashed his hand?