Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 4/4/12
Larry Bird knows the devastating effect a nagging back injury can have on an NBA player's career and gave New York Knicks big man Amar'e Stoudemire some perspective on how to handle his own pain. "My back problems cost me at least three or four years," the Boston Celtics great told the New York Daily News. "After I hurt it, I always played with spasms. To fix the instability and get the disc out of there, they had to fuse my back. But I kept playing because I wanted to get that last championship, or play for one more championship. That was just me." It's been 20 years since the Hall of Fame player suited up for an NBA game— which was cut short by the back problems— and he sees the same woes with Stoudemire. This is the second serious back injury in the last 11 months for the 30-year-old Stoudemire and he still has three guaranteed years on a five-year, $100 million contract. The Knicks forward missed another game last night after the Indiana Pacers came back to score 40 points ...
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