Why It's Too Soon to Panic over Amar'e Stoudemire's Knee Injury

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 12, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 05:  New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire sits courtside with his fiancee Alexis Welch watch the Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 5, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Per a report via Marc Berman of The New York Post, it appears as if the injury-ridden Amar'e Stoudemire is facing yet another ailment. This time around, STAT is suffering from a bruised left knee that kept him out of the New York Knicks' preseason opener against the Washington Wizards.

A game in which the Knicks emerged victorious by a score of 108-101.

The injury to Stoudemire is clearly a cause for concern. The six-time All-Star missed 19 regular season games in 2012, as well as a postseason game during the Knicks' series loss to the eventual champion Miami Heat.

According to head coach Mike Woodson, however, there is no reason to panic.

“His knee is bruised,’’ [head coach Mike] Woodson said at the Verizon Center following [the Knicks'] morning shootaround. “If this is a regular season game, he would play. We’ll evaluate him tomorrow at practice and see where he is and see if he’s ready to go Saturday.’’

Want a reason to be concerned? Try Woodson's inability to acknowledge Stoudemire's history of injuries and how necessary it is for him to get as much rest as he can during the regular season. Having him for the playoffs is far more important than winning an extra game or two when it doesn't matter.

With all of this being noted, there is absolutely no reason to panic in New York City.

Despite his history of injuries, STAT has played in at least 78 games during six of his 10 years in the league. He will be at full strength come the regular season, which will sideline the fear away as he returns to the floor.


The Season Hasn't Started Yet

Why are we panicking when the regular season hasn't even started yet? There may not be a single player in the NBA who isn't battling some form of injury during the preseason, as they attempt to recover from an often dormant offseason.

The rapid acts of getting into shape certainly can't come without their repercussions.

Until the regular season rolls around, there is no reason to over-hype an injury. Sitting out of the preseason opener was a mere precautionary act taken by a team that cannot afford to waste the first training camp their "Big Three" has ever had together.

Unless this turns into something bigger, quiet the commotion.


If He Had Played, Then What?

Media pundits will jump down the throat of any NBA player who is sidelined due to injury, regardless of when it transpires. Those same people will show no remorse in questioning the character of a player who plays through injury and puts their team's season at risk.

Athletes can't win, can they? I guess million dollar salaries can make the pain go away.

The question that should be asked is this: why does anyone care if Amar'e Stoudemire rests through an injury? The preseason has no bearing on where the Knicks rank come the postseason, nor does it provide the team with anything but a warm-up.

Although chemistry needs to be built, Stoudemire being healthy is far more important than his being active at this stage in the game. Any who feel otherwise can shoulder some of the blame when a star player goes down to an aggravated injury.

This was the right decision to make by both Amar'e Stoudemire and Mike Woodson. Until the severity of this ailment elevates, that is all there is to say.