Amar’e Stoudemire Likely Done For the Season

Posted in Blogroll on February 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

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This just in. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Amar’e Stoudemire is likely out for the rest of the regular season after suffering a serious eye injury in the first quarter against the Clips on February 18th.  He underwent surgery just this morning to repair a partially torn retina in the same eye he’s had problems with in the past.

Stoudemire could return to physical activity in eight weeks but a team press release said that would “depend upon his healing process” and that his surgeon, Dr. Pravin Dugel of Spectra Eye Institute in Sun City, stressed that recoveries are on a case-by-case basis. The eight-week mark is two days after the Suns’ regular-season finale.

Stoudemire appeared to injure the eye in the first quarter of Wednesday’s Suns win at the Los Angeles Clippers. He was bothered by the eye during an inbound play and then continued motioning toward it after trying to block an Al Thornton slam. He came out of the game briefly but re-entered and finished with 42 points, his second best scoring game of the season.

The Suns already tumultuous season just went from bad to worse. The Suns are in the ninth spot in the West (1game out). They stood pat as the trade deadline passed after firing Terry Porter and with Alvin Gentry reimplementing Mike D’Antoni’s offense, Phoenix has scored over 140 points in each of the last two games.

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, February 19, 2009: Barkley Is Back! Happy Birthday Chuck!

Posted in Blogroll on February 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT NBA Thursdays continue on Thursday, 26 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Houston Rockets followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers

TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley

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Friday Fire: If You Could Change One Rule In Any Sport, What Would It Be?

Posted in Blogroll on February 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

This question is not posed because of anything presently going on that may give you pause, for despite its many many flaws, there will always be a passion sparked whenever I hear the word sports.

I got this idea after speaking with Kobe Bryant and asking him how he would like to see the NBA changed. He spoke of the current physical culture of the game. Was it something Knicks/Bulls reminiscent he longed for? Yeah, the thought of seeing Mike go fly slow motion baseline powerful on Gotham City just one more time would take me back as well.

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