New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire joined CBS's Late Show with David Letterman to discuss his detached retina and why he wears goggles. Posted by Ben Golliver.
New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire joined CBS's Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night. Here's a link to the video clip or scroll down to watch it below.
In a pre-released clip, Letterman asked Stoudemire about a detached retina which required surgery in 2009.
"It was a play during training camp, I believe," Stoudemire said. "It was a contact play where one of my teammates poked me in the eye. I went to the doctor and he said I had to have an emergency procedure for a detached retina. And so, with that being said, I pretty much had to lay down on the table for 22 hours a day for 10 straight days in order to re-attach the retina. You can’t move at all, for 22 hours a day for 10 straight days."
Letterman asked Stoudemire how he passed that time, which drew a smile. "Honestly, it was torture," Stoudemire said. "It was extremely hard. I read a lot. I watched DVDs on my laptop. I just slowly passed the time on."
Asked if the injury made him fear for his career, Stoudemire said that it did. "Oh, no question. It was something that was extremely terrifying. Didn’t know if I was going to regain my full vision. Didn’t know about the future in the NBA or my career. But I was able to persevere." He later added that his vision, after the surgery, is "great. It's 20/20." This news, of course, drew applause.
Letterman then segued into a discussion of the protective goggles Stoudemire now wears to protect against another injury. " I played with Bo Outlaw back in my rookie year," Stoudemire remembered. "I used to make fun of him all the time. Like, ‘Yo, why are you wearing goggles? They’re not fashionable.’ But he said he got poked in the eye pretty bad one time and he never wanted to feel that feeling again, and it happened to me. So I figured since I have to wear them, it’s time to make these goggles fashionable."
Here's video of the exchange.