Stoudemire’s future with Suns remains cloudy
Marc J. Spears
For 10 consecutive days, Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) was given nothing more than a two-hour reprieve. Two hours to eat, to stretch his legs, to use the bathroom. The other 22 hours of each day were spent lying on his chest, staring down at the floor or, if he was fortunate, into a magazine or book.
Ten straight days, 22 hours a day. This was Stoudemire’s reward for undergoing a minor operation that removed fluid from his right eye six weeks ago – a follow-up procedure necessitated by previous surgery to repair his partially detached retina. He spent the 10 days on a massage table at a swank resort near Phoenix. His family and friends visited him. He prayed and, yes, he certainly caught up on his reading. But there was nothing about the experience Stoudemire found relaxing.
Not even the microfracture surgery Stoudemire underwent on his left knee four years ago – and all the subsequent complications – proved as grueling as his recent recovery.
“That was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life, man,” Stoudemire told Yahoo! Sports by phone this week. “The microfracture was tough. But then you have to compare it to being face down for 22 hours a day.”
Stoudemire returned to the court on Tuesday to begin workouts. He was scheduled to receive new protective goggles on Wednesday, and he expects to be near full strength by the time the season begins. His only question now: Will his return to the Phoenix Suns be a short-lived relationship?