I'm a little worried tbh.
1) He started to look sharper again and finally became some kind of asset to us again on offense
2) His contract is still very long and very nasty so an injured Amar'e on $20 mil. a year would hurt our cap tremendously....
3) Starting to get injury prone in only his second year with us? Wow, I didn't expect this at all....I thought he'd eventually struggle with injury, but only in his final season or second final season and not because of back injuries but because of knee issues.
This could really screw up our mid-term plan I hope they can get him back on track and healthy for the next 2-3 years...back injuries can become chronic and once that happens you're limited to 40-50 games a season playing at 70-80% because of no game sharpness due to the constant injury breaks.
If he needs surgery it's probably better to do it right now, give him all spring and summer to recover and come back in September/October.
Better than the half-hearted attempt we took last year where an injured Amar'e played at 50% and did more damage than good in the Playoffs.
Just get him back to full fitness, if it means season done for him so be it. He's got plenty of years left on his contract, would be stupid to burn him now, especially because his contract is not insured.
LJ is a perfect example of why we should be concerned about Stat's back. This from Wikipedia.
Johnson had entered the league as an explosive power forward, averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. However, after the injury to his back, Johnson was forced to develop an all-around game with an improved outside shot.
On October 10, 2001, Johnson announced his early retirement from basketball due to chronic back problems that had plagued him for several years, after his point production had decreased for three straight years.
4 weeks minimum.Amare Stoudemire (back) will be out four weeks in a best-case scenario, a source tells the Daily News.
This report is from Monday night, so we're not taking it as gospel. On Tuesday, Stoudemire was scheduled to meet with a specialist in Miami to receive a second opinion. There's still no word on if this consultant recommended surgery. Either way, Amare's season is in real jeopardy as the Daily News' report suggests he'll need a month off even without surgery.
Yea i just read about it, its a one time deal.
too bad lol im sure they wouldve used it on stat...
I stand corrected! Still I reckon STAT will be back, this season or next, to dominate again
lesson learned! dont give up so much money on someone with back injury prone
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you guys have to relax he will be back soon and will be back to his best. Theyre professional athletes with world class physio and trainers and diets etc. The only time he would retire if he broke his neck or back! he will be back before the play-offs!
A structural back injury, is a structural back injury.
I'm not sure how much of an advantage you have being a world class athlete when we're talking about the spinal column, vertebrae, and tissue between the vertebrae.
It's just gonna take time, time I don't that the team has, or can afford.