Phoenix Suns

NBA Free Agency: Amar'e Stoudemire Out of the Picture

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns fights for position with Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Joseph EdmondsonCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2010

All signs point to Amar'e Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns parting ways.

Stoudemire, who has long struggled with rebounding at an expected level for his talent and frame, is now pursuing greener pastures in the NBA—literally. Stoudemire wants the green.

It's ironic that the Suns now face the biggest rebound in franchise history.

While they have reportedly brought back Channing Frye and have agreed to a deal with journeyman Hakim Warrick, Planet Orange is still trying to wrestle with their feelings about Amar'e actually leaving.

Since his infamous comments about a max contract at his summer camp, many fans have turned on Stoudemire. I personally blasted the entitled attitudes of these superstar athletes, comparing them to our troops dying overseas.

No matter the site, regardless of the story, Stoudemire's name was all over the Internet.

Now, Stoudemire's going to be all over the country looking for another suitor. Phoenix fans are struggling with their true feelings about the courtship that saw plenty of good times, but, honestly, I think they're jumping the gun when it comes to fearing next season.

Stoudemire was a beast. A "grown man" on the court. He dominated, for sure, but he's always had a sense of entitlement and he's also always felt as though he deserved more. Despite knee injuries, despite his eyes, despite his deficiencies on the floor, he's always considered himself above it all.

He has impressed us with his rebounds from those injuries and his focus on improving offensively. His 42—point, 11—rebound night during the playoffs was one that will go down as part of the collective memory in Phoenix.

However, Stoudemire also has led to disappointments during his time in Phoenix and we've yet to see a championship despite how great he can be.

Doomsday is right around the corner. "Next season," one comment stated on AZCentral's site, "we'll be lucky to beat the Clippers." Well, I'll take luck if it means we win a game. But, I'm not so sure we haven't found luck in ourselves.

Look at the team we know we'll have now and think about the coaching staff, the athletic trainers, and the fans who will support them.

If the marriage with Stoudemire is truly over (and I hope to hell it is), it's time to rebound from it and embrace the future head—on.


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