Following Monday night's 104-94 defeat, which put the Knicks down 0-2 in their best of seven series against the Heat, Stoudemire punched the glass encasing to a fire extinguisher.
This is a heroic action if there is a raging fire putting people in immediate peril, but not so much if someone is just trying to blow off a little steam.
Had this happened after the Knicks had just been eliminated from the playoffs, it probably would have earned Stoudemire some new fans. "What a passionate player with a will to win," they would say.
However, this was not the Knicks last game of the season, but now it might be Stoudemire's last. Stoudemire was seen leaving the arena with his left arm in a sling and the connected hand heavily bandaged.
ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley reported that sources told the site:
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 has to remain more composed than this. To his credit, he seems to be cognizant of this. He tweeted an apology following his little tussle with an inanimate object.
I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start— Amar'e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) May 1, 2012
At least he realizes he screwed up, but it doesn't change the fact that he just destroyed any hope the Knicks had at winning this series.
The Knicks were already trying to deal with the absence of Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert, and the ailing back of Baron Davis. Now they are likely going to be forced to play without Amar'e, or at the very least with an Amar'e with a bandaged and mangled left hand.
There is no way the Knicks can take down the Heat under those circumstances. What are they going to do? Start Jared Jefferies, or go with a small lineup with Carmelo Anthony and Steve Novak playing the forward spots?
This is somewhere far south of ideal. New York's season is now over. They simply have to go through the motions of losing the games. At least with their fate firmly sealed, they shouldn't have to worry about any of their players fighting with innocent life saving devices and losing.