Amare Stoudemire Out 8 Weeks - Suns Playoff Hopes Dashed

Breaking news today... Suns forward Amare Stoudemire underwent eye surgery to repair a torn retina and is expected to miss the next 8 weeks of Phoenix's NBA season.

This news likely derails any hope of the Suns catching back up in the Western Conference playoff race and making the playoffs.  With the new fast pace style initiated by Gentry, this will definitely set back the team immediately.

Why the surgery?
STAT dropped 42 pts on the Clippers Wednesday night and played in the 4th quarter.  He was apparently hit in the eye by the Clippers' Al Thornton, but continued playing.  There is also no mention of the injury in his post-conference interviews, etc.

"It's all about wanting to win,'' Stoudemire said. "Our performance tonight wasn't about the rumors wasn't about wanting to stay in Phoenix. It was about winning and getting this thing back on track. I've always stayed positive. My fans in Phoenix have always been supportive of me. It's been great so far.''

Suns brass appears to be supportive of the surgery, despite their likely regret for not trading him now.  Here is a quote from the team:

"We are very glad to hear that Amar’e should have a 100 percent recovery relative to his vision and his long-term prognosis is excellent," said Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr. "Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose him at this time. We are all very excited about the progress the team is making, but Amar’e’s health and the health of all our players is our number one concern."

I am still supportive of the team, despite this setback.  My fantasy roster is also going to take a killing, considering STAT was my 1st round pick :(

Published Friday, February 20, 2009 1:11 PM by chowell

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