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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Jerry West Regrets Not Drafting Amar’e Stoudemire

West tells the Commercial Appeal that he could’ve had STAT, but instead drafted Drew Gooden. And for that, he gives himself a FAIL: “The year we drafted Drew Gooden. He has been in the league a long time. But we could have had Amare Stoudemire. He would have added some cache and star power to this team. It’s not that Drew is a bad player but Stoudemire is a star. We didn’t look at him the way we should have. And you know, everyone thinks the Grizzlies have done a terrible job drafting and they haven’t. The Griz are ranked ninth in drafting in terms of their history. But I’ll always take the blame for players who didn’t turn out the way we would have liked. Overall, fans can be very critical and it’s easy to be critical. But they’re not as critical as those of us who work in these positions.”

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  • lupe

    He is a heck of a player, but he isn’t a champion. And if I know Jerry West like I think I do, he doesn’t care about “stars” like he does (or would) championships. Don’t feel bad Logo.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Well everybody saw all the high schools in 4 years and worried about his character. Afraid to draft the next Leon Smith he picked Gooden. I don’t most saw STAT becoming who he is today.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Props for saying that.

  • Coney Islander

    Didn’t Jerry West draft some other guy named Kobe Bryant? I wonder whatever happened to that kid…?

  • Seven

    Actually Coney, Jerry West didn’t draft Kobe, the Hornets did.

  • Nick the Quick

    ^^ @ Coney Island..according to some on this website, the kid is now a washed up second option fringe player who fakes injuries, uses injuries as excuses, hasn’t made a field goal since the Finals and keeps going on and on about how no one can beat him one-on-one. I’m telling you man, that kid…

  • Thor

    no he traded for kobe bryant

  • SoCalHoopsFan

    Well, West ‘practically’ drafted Kobe since there was a deal in place already with the Hornets conditional that if Kobe was still there at 13 then the Hornets select him for the Lakers, who would swap Vlade for him.

    The only reason the Lakers didn’t swap Vlade for the draft pick before the draft was that they weren’t sure Kobe would still be there since there was a chance he’d be picked at 9 by the Nets, who took the awesome Kerry Kittles instead…

  • Miz

    The Knicks passed on him too!

  • kobesBESTfriend

    what is the logo talking about?he already had pau(who was ROY)who is 10x’s better than stat will ever be!he should of drafted tough juice or traded for a shooting guard!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    prolly best that he didnt honestly

  • http://slam TERENCE ANG

    its ok jerry…. you put amare in a real NBA TEAM then he aint going to produce that big anyway…. you ask yourself…DO PHOENIX AND NEW YORK A TEAM I MEAN with a coach who only knows how to outscore the opposing teams as fast as possible be considered a real nba team..?? Yes, he is better than, hands down, Drew, but Drew has really never got to a team that saw his real potential…

  • Fat Lever

    I’m guessing Amar’e would have stuck around a couple of seasons then asked to be traded. The NBA needs to contract a couple of teams, and Memphis seems to be one of those cities that would be ideal. But that’s a whole other issue.

  • unrel

    if The Logo gives himself a fail for that.. wonder what grade he gives MJ (kwame) and to the Clips (almost everyone)..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Forget Amare, how did all 30 teams let Carlos Boozer go into the second round in that same draft?? One thing I always found funny is how, after Boozer left Cleveland for Utah, Cleveland scramble to get another PF. So they traded for Gooden, the 4th overall pick in the 2002 draft, to TRY and replace Boozer, the 35th pick in the 2002 draft. Anyways, back to Amare. Amare and Pau Gasol on the same team woulda been hella interesting. Wonder if it would’ve worked out?

  • unrel

    @enigmatic.. Lamar and Pau played really well together.. so i wouldn’t be surprised if Pau and Stat would have been the best front court in the L at that point.. but the rest of the squad was sketchy..

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @Enigmatic: Don’t forget that in that same draft Cleveland passed on STAT and Boozer (the first time around) to draft Juanny Wags. They were piss-poor at drafting from approximately 1996 (Potopinko sp?) over KB24, Nash, etc. until 2003.

  • mike

    KNICK SELECT Nene Hilario. trade him with Camby for damaged Antonio Mcdyess. Knicks should have drafted AMARE in the first place, paired him with solid Camby. Everyone regrets not getting Amare

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

    Unrel, they had battier, posey, jwill, etc. And hubie was the coach. They had a nice team. Amare and pau would have been incredible together. Eh. Now dudes in ny with anthony randolph and ronny turiaf

  • bnets

    Didn`t he have a superstar in Pau Gasol then he traded him for a bag of chips to LA?

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble Triple Double

    High School kids… I guess they’re hard to pick or bank on. I mean, Kobe going 13 says it all. In saying that, some clubs have a habit of drafting incredibly badly.

  • Clay

    Where is Eboy?

  • Yeayeah

    Nick the Quick Posted: Oct.20 at 10:30 am
    ^^ @ Coney Island..according to some on this website, the kid is now a washed up second option fringe player who fakes injuries, uses injuries as excuses, hasn’t made a field goal since the Finals and keeps going on and on about how no one can beat him one-on-one. I’m telling you man, that kid…

    haters are just hilarious.. Hahaha
    Bet yall get multiple O’s bout that. Haha

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