As if the Knicks aren’t facing enough problems, potential star forward Ama’re Stoudemire has announced yet another injury, and this in his final year of a 5 year $100 million contract. Ama’re has certainly seemed like star material when he has actually been on the court unimpeded, but a series of knee injuries has caused him to play only 42 games in the last four seasons. To keep him in fighting condition, the amount of time he is on the floor has been limited, but this has only been partially successful. After walking off the court during the Knicks game against the Charlotte Hornets with a sprained ankle, Stoudemire says he will not be able to play on Monday, because his wrist is also failing him, as announced by bleacherreport.
While Stoudemire was first-rate material, his misfortunes with injuries has costs the Knicks dearly. On Forbes Twitter feed concerning Stoudemire’s final year of his $100 million contract, poster Miguel Angel Reyes commented “@Forbes and the @nyknicks are happy about it.” Paul LaRosa added, “was Ama’re worth all that money? I think not.” Ugo posted, “No, he was MVP caliber before the injuries destroyed him.”
Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Stoudemire is a “professional in the truest sense of the word.” The fact that he held up through so many injuries is a testament to his stamina, according to Fisher. “You want guys on your team like that.”
Ama’re Stoudemire has been involved in Israeli basketball and said, “I have been aware since my youth that I am Hebrew through my mother, and that has played a subtle but important part of my development.” In his travels to Israel to “get a better understanding” of his “heritage, ” Shimon Peres asked him to join the Israeli national basketball team, but he opted for the Knicks.