“Amar’e Stoudemire would consider joining Kobe Bryant’s barnstorming tour through China if the NBA lockout extends into the regular season.
According to a person close to the Knicks’ All-Star power forward, Stoudemire would only play if he can be insured in case of injury. The Knicks signed Stoudemire last summer to five-year, $100-million contract despite being unable to get the contract insured because Stoudemire has a pre-existing knee problem and has had surgery for a detached retina.
After Stoudemire signed, he honored the Knicks’ request to withdraw from the U.S. national team in order to rest his body for the upcoming season. Stoudemire also suffered a back injury prior to Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round series with Boston in April and is still not 100%.
The Knicks are not permitted to have contact with their players during the work stoppage but they would get word to Stoudemire – likely via his agent Happy Walters – that they would prefer if one of their top players didn’t travel to Asia for non-sanctioned NBA exhibitions.”
I don’t like this one bit. If Amare wasn’t 28 with a bad back and knees that will need surgery sometime in the next few years, then yes I would be okay with it. Of course it would be awesome to see Amare and Kobe and Durant playing together in exhibition games but with all the Knicks have invested in this 6’10 scoring machine, we cannot afford an injury to the man they call STAT. Phoenix didn’t sign him because they refused to give him a 5 year contract due to concern over his knees. There’s no doubt the man has injury problems. He shouldn’t be taking risks overseas in exhibition games when we have 102 million dollars invested in him. Thank god that Amare is a intelligent human being and knows the importance of medical insurance but still, he shouldn’t play. I know Amare is a well rounded, cultured man and would love the chance to play some games in China but he has a 5 year commitment to the New York Knicks.
Oh yea, and Amare’s going to China this month… Lets pray that this lockout gets lifted before the season starts.