As the New York Knicks walked off the court after a Game 2 playoff loss to the Miami Heat, Amare Stoudemire let his frustration out by hitting a fire extinguisher case, leaving lacerations on his hand and causing him to miss the next two playoff games.
“It wasn’t a punch at all actually. It was more like a slap against the wall, but I caught the edge of the fire extinguisher. Some people think I balled my fist up and punched through a glass fire extinguisher, which is totally opposite of the truth. It was more like a smack against the wall, kind of a backhand or a reach back slap across the wall and caught the edge of the fire extinguisher. I think a lot of people confused my passion with frustration. I’m such a passionate player. I want to win so bad to where sometimes I want to win, so I bring my passion and it gets confused with frustration.”
After the slap Stoudemire missed Games 3 and 4. He returned for Game 5 with stitches in his left hand.
Stoudemire was also asked how the Knicks will compete with the Heat this season.
“Well I think we are on the right track now. We are all committed to having a full training camp together. We have our coach for the full season. We have our players for the full season. Everybody is securely sound and then we have a chance to do something special. With Mike Woodson’s defensive methods we are going to be a much better defensive team and offensively we got guys with Carmelo [Anthony] and myself, two of the top scorers in the league, will definitely shine this year, so it’s going to be a big year for us.”