Amar’e Stoudemire’s name was in plenty of trade rumors before the deadline. After the dust had settled, Stoudemire ended up remaining a Sun after all. Stoudemire went on the Dan Patrick Show
to discuss his frame of mind just before the trade deadline, and how he feels about his future in Phoenix.
When asked if he was disappointed that he wasn’t going to play with LeBron James and contend for a title, Stoudemire said the following:
“I don’t think there is disappointment in the situation because I am still here with Phoneix and I think there is a great opportunity here to make a solid playoff push and try to take it a step further. There is really no disappointment, but being in Cleveland playing for a championship is definitely the ultimate goal, but I’m still not upset about the fact of me being here in Phoenix.”
Take from that what you will. When asked whether he wanted to stay in Phoenix, Stoudemire said this:
“Well a little bit of both. I am still kind of halfway in the midpoint right now. I cant really make too much of a decision right now because we are doing so well or we may make the playoffs here and we may go a step further. I can’t really make a decision based upon right now, but I figure to give me some time to see if I can figure it out and make a solid decision.”
It sounds like Amar’e isn’t all that unhappy in Phoenix, but will definitely listen to phone calls from other teams this summer. Of all the big free agents in 2010, Amare’s decision may the most difficult to predict.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.