Amar'e Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery prior to the 2005-06 season and was restricted to just three games that year because of it.
But since his recovery from the knee cartilage injury suffered while at the Phoenix Suns the man now with the New York Knicks has received All-Star recognition and many plaudits on his play.
Irregardless, Stoudemire says he regrets having the surgery that potentially saved his career, or at least allowed him to hit the heights he has done in the eight subsequent years:
"I actually didn't know what a microfracture was. If I had known what a microfracture was, I would have never gotten that procedure...
"One day I feel great and the next day I'm in excruciating pain. It was just back and forth." he explained to Bleacher Report.
Stoudemire revealed he feared at the time that his career may be over after hearing that the likes of Chris Webber and Jamal Mashburn had the same operation and never returned.
And in describing both the procedure, and subsequent recuperation, it seems that the Knicks man had very little understanding of exactly what microfracture surgery involved and just how long the recovery period would be
That seems slightly bizarre given the medical scrutiny that NBA players are put under these days.
But even more bizarre is the disparaging way he speaks about the surgery that prolonged his career.