Ailments of Amar'e
Amar'e Stoudemire has had his share of injuries since joining the NBA in 2002. Some caused him to miss significant time, and some just generated an amazing amount of headlines and discussion. Click a point on his photo on the left to learn more about that injury.
Born: Nov. 16, 1982
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Fla.
Position: Power forward / center
High school: Cypress Creek (Orlando, Fla.)
Draft: No. 9 overall pick by Phoenix Suns in 2002
How Knicks acquired: Signed as a free agent
Status: Signed through 2014-15 NBA season with $45 million left after this season.
YEAR TEAM G MIN PTS REB FG% FT%
2011-12 NYK 47 32.8 17.5 7.8 48.3 76.5
2010-11 NYK 78 36.8 25.3 8.2 50.2 79.2
2009-10 PHX 82 34.6 23.1 8.9 55.7 77.1
2012-13 stats | Career
DEC. 5, 2003: SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Games missed: 27
How Suns did: 7-20
Stoudemire twice injured his ankle during his second NBA season, missing 18 games between Dec. 6, 2003 and Jan. 9, 2004, then another nine games between Jan. 19 and Feb. 4.
First game back: Stoudemire had 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a 113-93 loss to Sacramento on Jan. 9. Then, on Feb. 4, Stoudemire dropped 21 points in 31 minutes off the bench in a 101-97 loss to Portland.
OCT. 18, 2005: KNEE CARTILAGE DAMAGE
Games missed: 79
How Suns did: 52-27
Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and missed the first five months of the season. He returned on March 23, 2006, but played only three games before shutting it down for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with stiffness in both knees.
First game back: Stoudemire had 20 points and nine rebounds in a 125-108 win over Portland.
DEC. 29, 2011: SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Games missed: 2
How Knicks did: 1-1
Stoudemire came off a pick-and-roll play and got bumped by a Laker, causing the minor injury, during a 99-82 loss in Los Angeles.
First game back: Stoudemire had 25 points and 12 rebounds in 41 minutes but the Knicks lost to Charlotte, 118-110.
APRIL 30, 2012: LACERATED HAND
Games missed: 1
Return date: May 6
How Knicks did: 0-1
Frustrated after a Game 2 loss in Miami during the first round of the playoffs, Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher at AmericanAirlines Arena and cut his left hand. He needed stitches, missed Game 3 and endured countless headlines and jokes. It was not his worst injury, but certainly his most notorious.
First game back: Stoudemire scored 20 points in an 89-87 win over Miami in Game 4 at the Garden.
OCTOBER 2008: PARTIALLY TORN IRIS
Games missed: None
How Suns did: N/A
Stoudemire suffered a partially torn iris in his right eye early in training camp after being poked by teammate Boris Diaw. Stoudemire suffered no damage to the retina or cornea at that time and missed no games. He wore protective goggles the first seven games of the season.
First game back: Stoudemire opened the season with 22 points and eight rebounds in a 103-98 win in San Antonio.
OCT. 19, 2012: LEFT KNEE DEBRIDEMENT
Games missed: 30
Return date: Jan. 1, 2013
How Knicks did: 21-9
Stoudemire first ruptured a popliteal cyst behind his left knee against Toronto in his preseason debut, then underwent surgery to clean up tissue in the knee.
First game back: Stoudemire had six points in 17 minutes in a 105-100 home loss to Portland.
FEB. 18, 2009: DETACHED RETINA
Games missed: 29
How Suns did: 16-13
Stoudemire suffered a partially detached retina in his right eye while dropping 42 points in a rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the second eye injury of the season for Stoudemire, who missed the remainder of the season.
FEB. 11, 2011: SPRAINED BIG TOE
Games missed: 1
How Knicks did: 1-0
Stoudemire said that he thought the injury to the big toe on his right foot occured in a collision with the Lakers' Ron Artest. The next day, he felt soreness and tested out the toe. About 45 minutes before game time he was scratched with the minor ailment.
First game back: Stoudemire scored 23 points in 33 minutes during a 102-90 win over Atlanta.
APRIL 6, 2011: SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Games missed: 3
How Knicks did: 2-1
Stoudemire stepped on the foot of Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young while trying to block a shot. He missed three games but returned for the final game of the regular season to get some work in before the start of the playoffs.
First game back: Stoudemire had 14 points in 20 minutes in a 112-102 loss to Boston.
APRIL 19, 2011: PULLED BACK MUSCLE
Games missed: Second half of Game 2
How Knicks did: Lost to Boston, 96-93
Stoudemire went for a dunk in pregame warmups and pulled a back muscle. The pain was severe enough to cause him to sit out the second half of the first-round playoff game against the Celtics. Stoudemire was 2-for-9 shooting with five rebounds in nearly 18 minutes of the first half. Not the most severe of his injuries, but it gave people a reason to talk incessantly about it.
First game back: Stoudemire scored seven points in 33 minutes of 113-96 Game 3 loss at the Garden.
MARCH 24, 2012: BULGING DISC IN BACK
Games missed: 13
How Knicks did: 9-4
An MRI revealed a bulging disc in Stoudemire's back, causing him to miss 13 games during a rehab stint that did not involve any surgery.
First game back: Stoudemire had 15 points and three rebounds in 27 minutes of a 98-90 loss at Cleveland.
MARCH 9, 2012: RIGHT KNEE DEBRIDEMENT
Games missed: TBA
Return date: TBA
How Knicks did: TBA
An MRI before a game against the Utah Jazz revealed swelling in Stoudemire's right knee. Stoudemire, whose minutes had increased following a knee injury to Carmelo Anthony, is expected to miss at least six weeks.