Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  5 responses

Mike D’Antoni Not Worried About Amar’e's Health

The biggest concern for Knicks fans is Stoudemire’s long-term health, but according to his head coach, there’s no reason to fear anything. The NY Daily News reports: “Mike D’Antoni is betting against the Phoenix Suns’ theory that Amar’e Stoudemire has just two or three years left in his fragile knees. In fact, D’Antoni says he doesn’t see any reason why Stoudemire won’t play beyond the five year contract he signed last July. ‘I think at age 27,’ D’Antoni said, ‘I don’t see any reason why he can’t have a great career here, sign another contract and go on and play as long as he wants.’ D’Antoni addressed Stoudemire’s health after announcing that Stoudemire, despite a sprained right knee, would be in the starting lineup against the Detroit Pistons … ‘You never know. He can be sitting at home and fall down the steps. You do your career, you do what’s right. You do all your exercises and hope everything works out. To be able to avoid injury or something that might happen it’s an impossibility. I don’t worry about it. I don’t think he worry’s about it. Whatever happens, happens.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Good Philosophy…unless your a GM. But Amar’e has already beaten the odds so why assume it is only a matter of time before they fail (his knees)? I would be more worried about yet another errant finger to the eye…one more of those and he is definitely dunzo.

  • http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Russell_vs._Wilt nbk

    Phoenix has the best medical staff in the league, and are known for saving careers. If they were in Sarver’s ear telling him Amar’e's knees are not in good shape for the future, then I think its perfectly logical to believe them.

  • http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/2011/01/21/video-rudy-fernandez-guests-on-the-benny-hill-show/ SMK73

    Congratulations on the rare three-apostrophe headline, guys.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    cosign nbk.

  • Red Star

    I wish Amar’e the best! He has made the Knicks relevant again and I didn’t think that would happen anytime soon! That being said I have to agree with @nbk but I do sincerly hope Phoenix’s medical staff are wrong in this case!