Stoudemire holding out for five-year deal, talking to Miami and New York


stoudemire_dunk.jpgAfter a “first date” meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley — no word on if he got to second base — Amare Stoudemire’s agent made one thing very clear.

“We’re not doing anything that’s not five years,” Walters said.

That is from Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic (who rocks that beat hard, by the way).

Years on the deal appears to be the hang-up with the Phoenix Suns — they have been rumored to offer four years at $80 million. So Stoudemire is checking out the field. The Heat are going after Chris Bosh first, but if that falls through Stoudemire would be right there in line (along with Carlos Boozer).

Stoudemire also will be in Los Angeles for meetings this weekend, followed by a trip to New York to talk with the Knicks on Monday.

“The Knicks wanted to meet last night,” Walters said. “We couldn’t. We were busy. We’ll meet Monday and that’s better because (Knicks President) Donnie Walsh is a big part of it and Amar’e wants to meet with him.”

Like everyone, things for Stoudemire will come more into focus once LeBron makes his decision, followed likely very quickly by Bosh. That’s when Walters will really earn his money. And there should be a lot of it.

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: