Remember that time Andrew Bogut dunked and then fell and injured his arm in every way imaginable except for it falling off due to gangrene? Sure, you do. It was super gross and I’m not even going to link to it because people are eating right now and that would just be rude. Nonetheless, you know what I’m talking about.
Anyhow, now that we’re all sufficiently ill, we can talk about one little aspect that tends to get lost in our remembrances of that terrible injury — the tiny little push Amar’e Stoudemire gave as Bogut was going up for his dunk. That tiny bit kind of gets pushed out of your mind’s eye once the flailing seven-footer crashing to the ground enters your brain.
Unless, of course, you’re Amar’e Stoudemire. He remembers it pretty well. From the New York Post:
“It’s a play I try to forget about, man,” Stoudemire said quietly in the visitor’s locker room at Bradley Center this morning. ” I hate to see anyone get injured. I was pretty down for a while after the play. I know how injuries are like. I know how hard it is to come back from. I wish injuries upon no one.”
Yeah, I can see why he’d want to forget about that happening. I want to forget about it happening and I wasn’t the one standing right next to the guy whose arm broke a billion times, all at once. That would be a very good thing to not remember.
Bogut seems to agree.
Stoudemire said he does not believe it was a dirty play but would not elaborate. Bogut did not exactly exonerate Stoudemire today.
“He called me, said sorry and we’re fine,” Bogut said. “Leave it at that. I don’t want to comment on it anymore. I don’t want to dig up old stuff before we play the Knicks.”
Hey, you can’t blame Bogut for holding a grudge against the guy he thinks caused an injury that he anticipates will hurt him for the next year. That was a gruesome, horrific thing that happened, so it’s understandable that Bogut wouldn’t be itching to forgive Amar’e. It’s like being mad at the kid who pushed you off the merry-go-round in fourth grade, only with far more severe injuries.
To this day, Lawrence Taylor refuses to watch the clip of when he broke Joe Theismann’s leg — again, find it yourself since it’s so gross — because he feels so bad about ending the quarterback’s career. Bogut might end up making a full recovery, but you have to wonder if Amar’e feels the same way.