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Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

Posted on: February 15, 2010 1:26 am
Edited on: February 15, 2010 2:09 am
ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Amar'e Stoudemire said Sunday he'd heard "nothing solid" on his fate with the trade deadline looming, even with the Suns engaged in talks with multiple teams about trading the five-time All-Star.

Asked about the possibility of playing with LeBron James in Cleveland, Stoudemire said it was "great" playing with him on the 2004 Olympic team in Barcelona, but that a trade with Cleveland was "not done yet."

Once again, Stoudemire leaves the All-Star Game wondering if he'll be changing teams the morning after.

"Gotta stick with what I know," Stoudemire said. "Right now, I'm a Phoenix Sun, so until anything changes I'm going to play the same way. ... I'm planning to travel to Memphis (Monday) to play the Grizzlies."

Several league sources told that the Suns remained in discussions with at least three teams -- Cleveland, Miami and Philadelphia -- in a poker game that features Stoudemire as the grand prize. Two of his would-be teammates were on the court with him in the All-Star Game Sunday night -- James and Dwyane Wade. Another, Shaquille O'Neal, sat courtside and watched.

While the Suns brass were weighing which team could offer them the best combination of cap relief and assets, Suns owner Robert Sarver roamed the rotunda of Cowboys Stadium, watching Stoudemire and other All-Stars walk from the mixed-zone interview area toward the locker rooms.

"It's definitely an important decision," Sarver said. "I don't have any more comment." 

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2010 3:27 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

Amare and Shaq did not gell in Phoenix, and those Phoenix teams were scoring machines.  What makes anybody think they would gell in Cleveland? 

LeBron is who LeBron is because he plays the entire court.  He slashes to the basket with surgical precision, then steps back to pop a 22-footer.  If there is any thinking that Shaq and Amare would be on the court at the same time, I see LeBron reducing his cuts to the hoop and becoming more of a perimeter player.

What the Cavs are doing now is working, and working well.  While I understand that it is tempting to tinker, better to leave it alone, unless the plan is to trade for Amare and keep him or Shaq on the bench pending LeBron leaving for greener pastures.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2010 3:14 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

Last year the Cavs had the most wins and home court throughout the playoffs and lost to the Magic. Thats why.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2010 9:58 am

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

I am guessing that you do since you took time to respond to this article.

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2010 6:57 am

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

To match up with Gasol in the finals.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2010 6:37 am

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

I have to say this scenario is very interesting.  But even if they do not get Amar'e and land Jamison it helps them a lot on the offensive end where it seems they could have their most struggles in a 7 game series.  I know the Cavs have beaten the Lakers twice this year but I do not really think either of these guys makes them better than the Lakers just because if they bring in one of this players it will take away from their biggest threat, King James!  If Amar'e or Jamison sign they have to have at least 12-15 shots per game to keep happy or to play your team ball...  So James' shots go down because of it.  I kind of think that Jamison would be the better fit as they could really spread the floor with him in the line-up and even though he is smaller he is still a more avid rebounder than Amar'e is.  But I am just wondering what makes ppl think that the Cavs can land either anyways?  I mean the Heat are said to be willing to deal someone like Michael Beasley who has more upside than anyone the Cavs can offer & the 76ers are in rumors to deal Thaddeuss Young & Sam Dalembert who are both better than Hickson.  Just saying I think players like Hickson and Powe serve better under LeBron as they will go get the ball when James misses his shot than Amar'e or Jamison would

Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2010 1:41 am

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

The small part of a bench they have?  The Cavs have one of the deepest benches in the NBA, with boobie gibson, delonte west, jawad willaims, jamario moon, anderson varejao, Z and leon powe when he comes back.  Now onto the trade, i think that it would be a great trade for cleveland, and i think that it would make them the odds on favorite to win the championship this year.  We only lose JJ, Z and a first round pick, and most likely the suns buyout Z's contract so he comes back in 30 days.  So go all out and make this deal happen because it will most likely bring a championship to cleveland, which in return will prolly keep lebron also.  

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2010 11:45 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

Nobody actually thinks his name is king jamesiT'S NOT?  You mean I've been kneeling every time they show him on TV for nothing....

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2010 10:31 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

heyrube, you say that you don't know if the Cavaliers would be able to compete with the Lakers depth? LeBron, Mo Williams, Amare Stoudemire, Shaq, Daniel Gibson, Delonte West, Anderson Varejao, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Jawad Williams, and Z coming back after a buyout.  All of those players could get 20 minutes or more on any given night and put up double figures on any given night.  But could Mike Brown manage Shaq and Amare on the same team, something that couldn't be done before?

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2010 9:31 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

No offense my friend but it doesn't seem like you've watched many Cavs games this year...they're being hailed by both the local media and national media as having incredible depth...they went out and grabbed Moon and Parker (and Powe who is about to be activated) to defense the pick and roll and they do it well...They're 2-0 against Orlando and 2-0 against the Lakers.  They are very DEEP...lsot their top two guards, one of them being the second highest scoring player on the team, and proceeded to win 13 straight.  Come on.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2010 9:01 pm

Amar'e: Joining LeBron could be 'great'

........Why don't they just hand pick whoever Mr. James wants on his team and see how that works for a while, then repeat until you have a winning formula...............what a Primma Donna !!  reason number 37 why no one watches the NBA............and just how old is Mr. James ? 

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