Suns to plead with Stoudemire one last time not to leave


nba_stoudemire_250.jpgTuesday afternoon, the Phoenix Suns will sit down one last time with Amare Stoudemire and try to convince him to stay.

To stay with a team that made it to the Western Conference finals. A team with Steve Nash. A team where the style of basketball is fun.

Stoudemire’s agent told FanHouse that Stoudemire will listen. But what he wants more than a sales pitch is a max deal offer.

“Anything is possible, but I tend to agree with what (Stoudemire) said several weeks ago,” Walters said of Stoudemire likely opting out but still keeping alive the possibility of re-signing with Phoenix. “But it can change. So I don’t want to say anything until (it’s heard what the Suns propose).”

Steve Kerr, the Suns GM whose contract expires Wednesday, will not be part of this meeting. But it will be the same old song and dance as previous meetings — Stoudemire will want the max deal, the Suns will offer less, he will say thanks but I want to see what else is out there.

The fact that Stoudemire is in Los Angeles with meetings already scheduled with other teams such as Miami — unofficially, of course, because they can’t have official contact thanks to the NBA’s inconsistently enforced tampering rules — is a sign that he doesn’t expect this meeting to end with a deal.

But there will be a meeting. And likely some polite begging.

Is Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

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Stephen Curry has reached the transcendent point in his career. We’re now talking about if he has passed LeBron James as the best player on the planet (he has), and we’re starting to think about his legacy as the perfect point guard for a modern NBA small-ball, space-and-pace offense. Plus he’s just a joy to watch play.

Does that make him the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

Curry was asked to compare himself to the Barcelona/Argentinian player who (arguably) is the greatest soccer player in the world, certainly as elite a finisher as that sport has ever seen. Here is his answer, via the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia. Is Curry the bigger international star now?

“I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.

“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”

I love Curry, but Messi is the bigger international star.

But I love the comparison in terms of the must-watch nature of the two stars, the flair in their games, the sense that you have to keep an eye on them at all times because the spectacular could happen any time they touch the ball. When the ball comes to them, everybody leads forward in their chairs. That is the sign of a real superstar.

Jahlil Okafor fights man in Boston (video)

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The 76ers lost a heartbreaker to the Celtics last night, dropping Philadelphia to 0-16.

Jahlil Okafor was apparently in a foul mood after the game.


We’re told everyone got up and fled the scene and no arrests were made.

We’re told the altercation began because one of the men in the other group yelled at Jahlil, “The 76ers suck.”

We spoke with a rep for Jahlil who tells us … Okafor says he was being heckled from the moment he left the club and felt threatened because people swarmed him on the street.


This video obviously doesn’t show everything, but it certainly makes Okafor look like the aggressor.

Okafor will probably face punishment from some combination of the legal system, NBA and 76ers.

Kristaps Porzingis envelops Victor Oladipo’s dunk attempt (video)

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Scott Skiles moved Victor Oladipo to the bench, because the Magic coach wanted to give Oladipo a chance to be more aggressive.

It worked.

Oladipo scored a season-high 24 points in the Magic’s 100-91 win over the Knicks.

But Oladipo’s aggressiveness also produced this fantastic Kristaps Porzingis block: