Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 12:00 pm  |  26 responses

Amar’e Didn’t Want to Play With Old People in Phoenix Anymore

STAT tells the NY Daily News that he saw the writing on the wall for the Suns, and decided to bolt. He neglected to mention the $100 mil the Knicks threw at him, though: “But with the Knicks having enough salary cap flexibility to make a splash next summer in the free agent market and Carmelo Anthony sounding more and more like he wants out of Denver, Stoudemire is confident the decision to leave Phoenix was a wise one. ‘From my standpoint it’s longevity and being able to build a team for a championship-caliber team,’ Stoudemire said. ‘That was my goal in Phoenix.’ Stoudemire added that with Steve Nash and Grant Hill in the twilight of their careers and the Suns’ window closing, he needed to make a move sooner than later. ‘I wanted to make sure that we’re looking forward to the future and being able to bring in other star players to help win a championship,’ Stoudemire said. ‘I felt that wasn’t going to happen in that situation. I wanted to go to a team willing to build a championship quality team.’”

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  • tRay

    Smart decision STAT

  • MrSuper

    Some old folks in Boston seem to be doing allright, though.
    Maybe he should consider rebounding more and talking less. That’s the way to win a ring.

  • Harlem_World

    Hmmm…I’m pretty sure it was the money. Nash and Hill come off the books and everyone else is expendable, so whatever cap room is needed to build around him in Phoenix would have been made available if he was producing (and not injured). Oh well. I’m glad we’ve got him. Now we just need CP3 and Melo and we’re good to go.

  • twahc

    Ouch at Nash.

  • namik

    Nash should move to Dallas or Orlando. He’d win a championship sooner than ‘STAT’, Melo or no Melo.

  • http://www.gswsolutions.blogspot.com Andrew

    He makes some good points because what will the Suns do with Hedo, Channing and Childress’ contracts after Nash retires?

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    not mad at him at all. plus living in NY, getting more money, better potential at a big name FA soon (or trade?). no brainer really

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Anytime a player leaves, I’d prefer them just to talk about all the positive reasons why the new team makes sense versus throwing insults (backhanded or direct) at the ‘old’ team. Not that I disasgree with what he says, but just a better way to do it than the bash Nash approach.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Amare isn’t bashing Nash–the two of them were friends in Phoenix and formed one of the best duos in the league…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    He aint lyin. Phx is now six feet under for the long run. They might, maybe, possibly sneak into the playoffs but I doubt it. I wish jrich could go to a contender.

  • ryan

    Ama’re Levine Stoudemire isn’t ever going to win a championship so moving or staying was really only about money and neighborhood.

  • ab40

    Look I’m all for a contender in new york but not with mike d’antoni at the helm. give mark jackson back to new york. D’antoni makes em play like people who run away from stuff they know they should do to win.. rebound and defend. And melo should just stay in Denver all these speculations are just dumb. and stoudamire hates rebounding and come mid season he’s gonna hate new york because they don’t make his job easy on the court and the new yorkers will hate his guts for being so soft for big stretches in games. And he doesn’t get the ewing I’m injured card because he isn’t

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Who wrote this headline, it makes it sound like Amare was bashing Nash and Grant Hill Almost like a quote without the quotes is how it sounds. . .

  • al29

    It was definitely the money. For the last two years he’s been begging to stay in Phoenix around the trade deadlines. Then, Phoenix refused to re-sign him because they didn’t think he was worth a long term deal. Then, NY took him because they couldn’t land any of the better free agents. Phoenix might have won a championship in 2006 if Amare had been healthy, and they might have won in 2007 if he didn’t get himself suspended before game 5 of the Suns-Spurs series. Amare is an idiot.

  • Towelie

    What a dumb comment. Moving to NY isn’t going to increase his chances of winning a championship. If anything, it was lowered.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    can we please stop with the misquotes?? what are we TMZ??? dissapointing

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    Co-sign The Black Rick Kamla. Come on SLAM. You can do much better than this. Don’t need to misquote to make sure people read the article. About STAT; I think it is the money, but if you look at Phoenix, I’m worried. Hustle will pay of, but the miss a few pieces of the puzzle.

  • Justin

    I’m with the rest of the guys with these ridiculous headlines. The headline could have been “Amare Says Why He Came To NY” and just as many people are going to read it. The way they do it is not only unnecessary but, quite frankly, irresponsible journalism. There’s no way Amare would be disrespecting the man who made him what he is offensively. I also think a lot more people would actually respect the athletes more if they just come out and say “I went because of what they were going to pay me”. I mean, can anyone really blame someone for taking $100M?

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Shut the f*ck up and play some defence.

  • bashmo

    Hearing this from STAT gives me some more respect as per his decision to leave. I never thought of it that way. The man is hitting threes now too, in yesterday’s game vs the celtics. Stroke from outside is looking good.

  • reflex

    Cosign everyone else, the main reason I love Slam is because the writing is mostly on point not sensationalised headlines. Yu guys need to quit that

  • bnets

    only steve nash, hedo, and grant hill are over 30, the rest are young. hahah good thinkin amare

  • bnets

    it was obviously the money and spotlight. he’s a jew after all right?

  • rich

    thats rude.

  • jrb

    bnets, u got a problem w/ jewish people???? Im jewish

  • bnets

    no i dont, i have lots of jew friends we make fun of each other. just sayin amare obviously went for the money and spotlight. suns were not goin to give him a max deal, new york did