Thursday, May 10, 2012

There Was No need for The Heat to Apologize to Stoudemire


On Wednesday night, Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks fouled out of the game against the Miami Heat in Miami. In announcing that Stoudemire had fouled out of the game, the Heat's public address announcer (PA) Michael Baiamonte use the word extinguish, referring to an incident earlier in the series in New York where Stoudemire had punched a glass enclosure to a fire extinguisher.

Amare received a gash on his hand and had to miss game 3 of the series. Apparently after the game, the Heat apologized to the Knicks and Stoudemire. Baiamonte also apologized. I think the apology is absolutely ridiculous and shows that the Heat is weak.

Amare Stoudemire acted like a clown by punching the glass enclosure and the PA's announcement was funny and not offensive.  Stoudemire did an idiotic thing by punching the glass enclosure. He also showed that he doesn't know how to control his emotions. Why does this clown deserve and apology. He's a thug and doesn't deserve any respect. Respect has to be earned and Amare has a long way to go.

I think it makes the Heat look like a joke and it's shameful that they would throw their PA under the bus. As I said earlier, the PA announcer wasn't offensive or out of line. He was adding some humor. I guess that can't be done anymore. I guess a thug player deserves to be treated like a king.

With all the players around the NBA who take themselves too seriously, it was nice to have a light hearted moment during a game. In an otherwise boring series, except for the antics of Stoudemire, the comments by Baiamonte added some fun to a sport that desperately needs some entertainment.

The Heat should have left this alone and moved on to the next series. This is a team that is fighting for an NBA championship. It's time they play the part of a team that looks like a champion and plays like one. It's time the team starts acting like a fighter. It's time that the team embraces comments by their PA, especially when it's funny and not offensive.

Maybe it's just my opinion but I didn't find anything wrong with the PA's announcement. The PA was trying to give the Heat an edge. He was trying to add some joy and excitement to the game. It's time that the Heat start embracing that attitude and playing with a chip on their shoulder. It's time that the Heat stop apologizing for things that don't need any apology.

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