Friday, March 6th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  30 responses

Amar’e's Season is Officially Over

by Marcel Mutoni

Only perhaps the most irrepressibly hopeful of Suns fans expected to see STAT back on the court sometime this year, and that dream has met a swift death: Amar’e will see you next season, according to the guy who operated on his eye.

Stoudemire’s surgeon says the forward isn’t going to be able to return to the hardwood for the postseason.

From the Arizona Republic:

The out-for-the-season diagnosis for forward Amaré Stoudemire initially left a sliver of hope that the Suns star could return for the playoffs should they qualify. Out means out. And “season” means, “See you next season.”

“Not this season, not at all,” said Dr. Pravin Dugel, the Valley eye surgeon who operated on Stoudemire’s detached retina two weeks ago. “The Suns have the same goal – to make sure he can resume his career. It’s very difficult to explain to anyone how serious this is. It’s more serious than any knee or ankle surgery. The healing is excruciatingly slow and delicate.”

That doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun.

As for the Suns and their fans, there’s a silver lining in all of this (kind of): right now, the team isn’t even in the Playoff race. So, you’ve got that going for you.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    the Stro Show is replacing him

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276-pa30.html chiqo

    the suns weren’t going to the playoffs anyway, so what’s the difference?

  • Candyman

    Noooooooo! Steve Nash needs too go too a better Team. I felt bad for Shaq too but the way he has been acting………….. He’s like a Little Kid that wants a new Video Game.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Have fun updating your resume, Mr. Gentry.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Officially should have kept the goggles, D’oh.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wow, I was gonna make a joke about Stat needing to find an eyepatch and get back out there, but this really does seem like a pretty painful and drawn out recovery he’s going to have to go through. Get well some Amare!
    I really do like Gentry though, TAD. He should be around next season, if only because their players are playing hard for him

  • Khalid Salaam

    thats unfortunate. I wish Amare the best in his recovery.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    He could have avoided it if he wore the goggles. Shame.


    Man this sucks! Over the years the Suns have gotten their hearts torn out and now people are taking out their eyes too. It’s only fitting.

  • al

    the suns have have set for real this time…

  • al

    my bad
    Only needed one “have”…
    sorry I couldn’t see the entry I was writing, forgot my glasses….

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    wow. now shaqs reign at the playoffs is officially over. good bye suns hopes of ever winning a ship in this era.

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai


  • JoeMaMa

    Louis Amundson.
    The time is now.

  • Bro D.

    The cells in your eyes have to heal by osmosis since there is no direct flow of blood to them, that’s what takes so long, or so I was told.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    they werent going to the playoffs with him.

  • jonny

    Time to declare amare injury prone?

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Tarzan, with Amare, they so were

  • al

    somewhere Horace Grant is laughing….

  • BostonBaller

    ciolkstar, they could have played in their sleep and played harder for Gentry than they did Porter. lol. Did they hate defense that much? I guess they will be stuck w/ STAT for a while since a lot of teams will be even more cautious when thinking of trading for him.

  • Wongtouski

    Feel bad for him, but now he can go work on post moves and defense………….with one eye lol

  • john

    wear a pirate patch!!!

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com/ Hersey

    He’s lucky he got it checked out when he did. Hope he’s able to heal up and resume his career.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber


  • Pistons_Go

    Suns year is o-v…


    I hope Amare Stoudemire feels alot better! The suns really needed him. But i think Grant Hill and Leandro Barbosa and LOUIS AMUNDSON have to step up. The suns have a big chance of getting playoff spot but there windows closing really quick with Grant and Nash being 36 and Shaq being 37 and also the suns should get some big wins , they have a stacked team , Matt Barnes , Leandro who can score on a fast break , Nash has to get his old playing back , GrantHill a lockdown defender , Shaq a power in the Post , and also Louis Amundson , he can hustle of defence very well , so in my point i think this team has a chance and also another explosive scorer Jason Richardson , and Jared Dudley , and the back-up point guard Gragic , im telling you guys its not over for the suns yet! They have a good team. Gentry just has to find a way to play them right without A’mare Stoudemire.

  • low powered attorney

    So you could call Amare’s eye injury Zydrunas Ilgauskas?

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    I still think the Grizzlies should have traded have traded Rudy Gay for Amare….

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    this season has been crap for SUNS fans… :(

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    i hope they can still get into the playoffs.