Friday , Oct , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Amaré Stoudemire Tears Iris; May Wear Goggles Permanently

Amaré Stoudemire Tears Iris; May Wear Goggles PermanentlySTAT just can’t catch a break.  After fighting back from microfracture surgery which saw him spend more time on crutches than the court in the ’05-’06 season, Amaré (his legal name now includes the accent) Stoudemire managed to avoid the injury bug for a full two years.  Unfortunately, a single stray digit killed his streak and sent him right back to the doctor’s office.

While his latest ailment won’t force him to miss much time, its ramifications may be permanent.  After inadvertently being poked in the eye by Boris Diaw in practice, Stoudemire suffered a partially torn iris, an injury which, while relatively minor, has a high incidence of reaggravation.  Consequently, team physicians are advising Amaré to take precautionary measures.

Fortunately for fans of old-school fashion, that means there’s a good chance we’ll see STAT rocking goggles on a permanent basis.  While the advent of contact lenses designed for use by athletes saw such eyewear largely fall from favour, they’re still prescribed for those whose peepers need protection from fingers and other foreign objects.

So, assuming Stoudemire is set to suit up with some eye coverage, what type should he choose?  Antoine Carr’s Oakley shades set the tone in the nineties and early noughties, while Ben Wallace recently brought back memories of a young Horace Grant with his square-and-strapped joints.  If he’s trying to take it way back, though, STAT could always commission the creation of a pair of clear, rimless goggles à la Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Personally, I favour the latter style.  What do you think?  Let us know in the comment box below.  Oh, and to answer the question before you ask it: Yes, it is a slow news day.  I was so bored this morning I almost resorted to reading Mark Cuban’s blog.  Fortunately, my browser crashed before the page loaded.