What's a lowly fire extinguisher supposed to do to get a bit of attention? How about ending up on the receiving end of an NBA star's fury, putting a franchise's 2012 playoff hopes in jeopardy and then taking to Twitter to tell the tale.
New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire capped a night spent losing to the Miami Heat, 104-94, by driving his fist through a glass door that stood between him and a fire extinguisher. The move put his team's playoff run in jeopardy. But the aggrieved fire extinguisher fought back, with a Twitter handle yucking up Stoudemire's bad luck, a T-Shirt meant to get under the skin of Knicks fans and the first of likely many gif animations.
The fire extinguisher, using the handle @AAAExtinguisher, started tweeting around the same time Stoudemire sauntered out of American Airlines Arena in Miami sporting a sling.
Come at me, bro @amareisreal, the faux fire-safety device tweeted, calling out Stoudemire directly.
In the time since, it has taken to pseudo-juvenile puns and rapid-fire bursts of humor. The Knicks star tweeted an apology to fans and teammates, to which the fire extinguisher asked Where's my apology?
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Stoudemire's predicament has tickled the fancy of Knicks haters and fans of dumb athletes. The incident has already spawned a mocking T-shirt made by a Queens, N.Y.-based company. The internet has naturally created a gif animation swiping a scene from Office Space to reenact the incident.
Let the flood of Stoudemire v. fire extinguisher memes begin.