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Amar’e Stoudemire on retiring: “There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me”


Two-thirds of the key cogs of the “seven seconds or less” Phoenix Suns are leaving the game. Steve Nash made his retirement official recently, and Shawn Marion has said he will walk away at the end of this season.

Not Amar’e Stoudemire — he will be back somewhere next season.

The current Dallas Mavericks’ forward told ESPN Dallas he is not going to retire at the end of this season. Not even close.

“No, no, there’s no way. There’s a lot of youth in these legs. I have a lot of competitive juices still flowing in me. There’s no way I’m ready to be the next man….

“This isn’t it for me, for sure,” Stoudemire said. “There’s a lot of basketball left. There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me. I feel competitive. I have faith in my body, what I can do on a basketball court on a consistent basis.

“The next step should be the best step, because I want to make sure I leave the game on a high note. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Stoudemire is averaging 9.8 points a game and shooting 57.6 percent for Dallas (he had similar numbers in New York this season and last season, he just got more attempts). After multiple knee surgeries, he’s not the explosive Stoudemire of Phoenix, but he still has value as a veteran big off the bench. These days he isn’t going to win you games but can give you 15-20 quality minutes a night as a reserve (he has a PER of 20.7 with Dallas).

Which is why Mark Cuban has said he wants to keep Stoudemire in Dallas this summer. Of course, it will come down to money, like it always does. There are a number of teams that could use a solid reserve big man. Stoudemire will have options, but it sounds like what he wants is to chase a ring.

Which means we will see him for a couple more seasons.

Mark Cuban calls trading for Lamar Odom, not letting Steve Nash walk, his biggest mistake

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

Mark Cuban once called letting Steve Nash leave in free agency his biggest mistake as Mavericks owner.

Cuban, reflecting on Nash in light of the point guard’s retirement, apparently changed his mind.

Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:

Cuban said letting Nash go was not the worst personnel decision of his ownership.

That would be Lamar Odom, he said.

The Mavericks traded a first-round pick (which ultimately became Mitch McGary) to the Lakers for Odom in 2012. Odom was disastrous in his lone season with the Mavericks, feuding with Cuban before just being sent home. Odom was reportedly dealing with drug issues, and he later apologized to Cuban.

Unquestionably, the move didn’t work for the Mavericks. But how predictable was Odom’s downward spiral? And how costly was it to Dallas?

The Mavericks might have had sound reasons for letting Nash leave for the Suns, but hindsight suggests they overreacted to injury concerns. Nash became a two-time MVP in Phoenix, and it’s not difficult to think he and Dirk Nowitzki could have gotten the Mavericks another championship besides 2011. They certainly would have had a better chance. Those are much higher stakes than swapping Mitch McGary for Odom in a season that wasn’t going anywhere, anyway.

I think Cuban had this right the first time.

Andrew Bogut: Stephen Curry is the MVP, and ‘I don’t think it’s close’

Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry

If you ask the teammates of legitimate MVP candidates who they think should win the award this season, they’re of course going to pick the guy on their own roster.

Well, usually.

In any case, Andrew Bogut did exactly that recently, and when talking up the merits of Stephen Curry, also said that in his eyes, the race wasn’t even close.

From Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group:

… coinciding with Houston’s James Harden putting up huge numbers has been some discussion about why Curry might not win. One reason revolves around his usage, as he averages just under 33 minutes per game. Only previous award winners Bill Walton (33.3) and Steve Nash (34.3) come close to that figure.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut put it another way as far as the minutes being an indicator of why Curry should be MVP rather than something that should be held against the point guard.

“He only needs to play 25, 30 minutes, and we’re winning games by 15, 20 points,” Bogut said Tuesday after Curry scored 33 points and dished out 10 assists in a win at Portland. “If he had to play 45 minutes for us, I’m sure he’d be averaging greater numbers, so in a way, it’s kind of flawed. He’s the MVP in my opinion. We’re the best team in the league. We have the best record in the league. I don’t think it’s close in my opinion.”

Curry has been sensational this season, and there’s no argument to be made that he hasn’t been the most fun to watch. And, as the best player on what’s essentially been the league’s top team all season long, he may very well come away with the award once the year is finished.

But Bogut is wrong that the race isn’t close; in fact, it’s the closest it’s been in years.

James Harden’s case is perhaps even stronger than Curry’s, because he’s absolutely carried the Rockets in Dwight Howard’s absence. Harden has put up more 40-point games than anyone else this season, and has made more free throws (606) than any single player has even attempted; Russell Westbrook is the current leader in attempts (behind Harden) with 539.

And speaking of Westbrook, he’s single-handedly dragging the Thunder to the playoffs, while racking up an insane amount of triple-doubles — even if some are more dubious than others.

There’s also Anthony Davis to consider, and (oh yeah) some guy named LeBron James.

To me, it’s a two-man race between Harden and Curry. My hypothetical vote would go to Harden, but it would be difficult to find reasons to be upset if Curry ends up with it, just as Bogut expects.