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#1 West Coast

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 09:48 AM

A day after deciding to let the trade deadline pass without making a major money-saving move, the Phoenix Suns' inactivity has turned incredibly costly.

The beleaguered Suns announced Friday that Amare Stoudemire was forced to undergo eye surgery to repair a partially detached retina suffered in a Wednesday night rout of the Los Angeles Clippers. It is Stoudemire's second eye injury since October and the All-Star forward could miss the rest of the regular season.

Stoudemire's return to physical activity has been estimated at eight weeks by the Suns. He underwent surgery Friday morning, although the club said in a statement that "recovery varies on a case-by-case basis."

Senior writer Marc Stein covers the NBA for ESPN.com.


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Posted February 20, 2009 - 09:50 AM

Damn just when it looked like the suns were back to a run and gun offense and Amare is happy that porter is gone this happens wow

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 09:52 AM

I'm not gonna lie: I feel bad for the Suns. What a trainwreck of a season.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 09:54 AM

I think he thought about undergoing that surgery earlier, but no way he wanted to miss the All-Star Game.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:10 AM

Things fall apart...

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:43 AM

there goes my # 1 overall fantasy pick...right after he drops 40 :angry:
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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:47 AM

Clippers may be eye openers after all! :blink:

Seriously though, that is horrible.. man...

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:49 AM

he supposedly injured it in the first quarter of the game and still dropped 42

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:53 AM

Some people aren't understanding the severity of a detached retina. I guess one of them is Amare.

Without the goggles, he'll never be able to play a full season.

If he was smart, he'd keep them on forever (while playing), because what he has now is a partially-detached retina. If it becomes fully detached, he goes blind in that eye, and from experience, I can tell you all he's done in the sport of basketball.

To date, you can't repair a completely detached retina.

If you've had your retina re-attached before, you can't afford getting hit in the eye. It's pretty easy to screw it all up again, even years after the surgery.

In fact, a simple fluid leakage behind the retina can pull it back off a bit. During his first surgery, he may have had quite a bit of scar tissue in there, and eventually, that will move into a particular place in the eye (due to basketball being a physical sport in the first place) and end up catching and tugging on the retina.

He may not have been hit in the eye in the first place, but then again, I'm betting he was -- just because it hasn't been very long since that first surgery.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:55 AM

Some people aren't understanding the severity of a detached retina. I guess one of them is Amare.

Without the goggles, he'll never be able to play a full season.

If he was smart, he'd keep them on forever (while playing), because what he has now is a partially-detached retina. If it becomes fully detached, he goes blind in that eye, and from experience, I can tell you all he's done in the sport of basketball.

To date, you can't repair a completely detached retina.

If you've had your retina re-attached before, you can't afford getting hit in the eye. It's pretty easy to screw it all up again, even years after the surgery.

In fact, a simple fluid leakage behind the retina can pull it back off a bit. During his first surgery, he may have had quite a bit of scar tissue in there, and eventually, that will move into a particular place in the eye (due to basketball being a physical sport in the first place) and end up catching and tugging on the retina.

He may not have been hit in the eye in the first place, but then again, I'm betting he was -- just because it hasn't been very long since that first surgery.

Scary stuff. I hope he comes out of a successful surgery healed to the fullest extent possible... and thank goodness for goggles. Seriously.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 10:57 AM

he supposedly injured it in the first quarter of the game and still dropped 42

Yeah, but that's not that big of a deal. He probably didn't notice it was detached, unless it was ripped halfway off, which I doubt is the case.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 11:03 AM

So the big thing here is I believe Utah will slide to #7 seed or higher.

We may see Phx. in the 1st round if they stay afloat.

And Amare may not be back by then - or right in time for the post season.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 11:26 AM

So the big thing here is I believe Utah will slide to #7 seed or higher.

We may see Phx. in the 1st round if they stay afloat.

And Amare may not be back by then - or right in time for the post season.




Ironic that Shaq gets what he wants, to be a first option again now that Amare is down.

And as they use to say about Kobe, be careful what you ask for.

He'll get all of the touches he wants now, and the blame will fall on him if Phoenix doesn't make the playoffs.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 11:40 AM

as long as hes healthy

and i hope to god we play phoenix instead of utah
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Posted February 20, 2009 - 12:43 PM

Bad news, Lopez and Amundson are going to have to step up there game.
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Posted February 20, 2009 - 01:38 PM

Yikes - that is a scary injury.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 01:44 PM

I wish Amare would've at least been able to hang in there for Sunday's game against the Celtics. PHX could've really helped us out possibly and did us a favor. Now I definitely see almost no chance of Boston losing that game, damn it!!

Any of you guys think there's a chance Shaq doesn't hold back and speaks out again and says something semi controversial since his name was in trade talks, but ultimately it didn't happen? You don't think he knows or has heard all the stuff we have and feels disrespected and unwanted there? No chance maybe he turns it down purposely or calls out the organization?

Lopez has hardly gotten' any playing time. They haven't been using him right. Certainly, his brother's much much better than him at this point, but it's also PHX's fault for having stopped his progress mightily by not playing him much at all. That might not only hurt his confidence now, but in the long run. It was pivotal.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 03:47 PM

I thought his eye injury has healed...didn't know the severity....shucks for PHX especially when they showed signs in their last 2 games.




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Posted February 20, 2009 - 04:04 PM

When you get a retina re-attachment, you have to have a gas bubble put into your eye, which holds it into place. That takes anywhere from 3-4 weeks to disappear (it has taken me four weeks each time, in fact).

Depending on its severity, it may have to be an oil bubble. Unfortunately, I've had my oil bubble for 8-9 months now.

After that, he probably won't be cleared for any strenuous activity for the next 2-3 weeks, especially heavy lifting and, I'm assuming, a professional sport.

With a second detachment, I can imagine the doctor telling him to stay out of the weight room for quite some time, to be honest.

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Posted February 20, 2009 - 04:42 PM

Ever since Terry Porter got fired, Suns got back to their system and got back to their winning ways, now Amare injured, it went backfired on them again.

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