So Amar’e Stoudemire was making noise about going to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, which makes all sorts of sense given his history and the union’s ongoing efforts to prove to the owners they don’t need their stupid league anyway.
Stoudemire posted Saturday that he is backing off of that talk, due to his commitment to New York and the Knicks.
Okay, so technically, Israel isn’t Europe. But the sentiment’s largely the same. Stoudemire won’t be taking his talents elsewhere during the lockout.
Not exactly a stunner considering Stoudemire’s questionable insurable status due to his knee which underwent microfracture years ago and continues to have everyone spooked out of their minds, and the hassle it would take to go over and set everything up. Still, Stoudemire was the kind of player who could really hold a gun to his owner’s head with such a move and his decision not to pursue such a tactic means Stoudemire will just have to try and wait out the lockout… with his tens of millions of dollars.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.