Amar’e Stoudemire: Andrew Bogut Was Looking for Payback

by November 10, 2010

STAT feels terrible for what happened last season, but thinks the big Aussie may have been looking for revenge, and took things a bit too far last night. From the NY Daily News: “Amar’e Stoudemire accused Andrew Bogut of intentionally striking him with his elbow and hinted that Milwaukee’s game plan was to exact revenge for Stoudemire’s role in the center suffering a season-ending injury last April … ‘It got out of hand,’ Stoudemire said. The game nearly got out of hand when Stoudemire was whistled for a technical foul for taunting Bogut, who is still not fully recovered from suffering a gruesome arm injury last April 3 against Phoenix. On that night, Stoudemire barely shoved Bogut in the back as the Milwaukee center was going up for a breakaway dunk. But that slight push caused Bogut to lose his balance and crash awkwardly on the court, suffering a broken elbow and wrist. Stoudemire left a voice mail to express his regret for the play and Bogut, who disputed Stoudemire’s claim that they spoke, absolved him of any blame. And yet, when Stoudemire was asked Tuesday night if he felt Bogut’s physical play was payback for last year, the Knicks forward said: ‘Possibly.’ As for being hit by two elbows, Stoudemire claimed, ‘It was intentional.'”