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Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:30 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 11:32 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Will he, won't he? Will he stay or will he go? The new Melodrama is Amar'e Stoudemire's potential European vacation. One day, he says no chance. The next, he says he's interested and might even play in Israel.

And as you might imagine, teams are definitely giving him a call. Via ESPN New York, Stoudemire is getting offers and is at least giving the courtesy of weighing them.

"All the clubs have called the office inquiring about me," Stoudemire said. "Teams from Israel, China, Turkey, Spain. A lot of countries have been calling."

"The chances would be high" of playing elsewhere in a lockout, Stoudemire said. "They'd definitely be high. I just want to make sure I'm healthy and totally 100 percent before I make that type of commitment. As of right now, we're not entertaining offers. I'm still trying to get (my back) right."

That's a major change in what Amar'e tweeted earlier in July. He said then, "Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK's. Who's with me?" He then backed it up again on SportsCenter in an interview saying he was planning on just resting and staying in New York.

But speaking from his home in Hollywood, he said he's still considering going overseas. His first order of business though is to get fully healthy and recover from a nagging back issue that sidelined him in the postseason. Before he can play anywhere, he has to be healthy. And you know the Knicks are going to be pretty anxious if Stoudemire goes anywhere, especially with his injury history.

My opinion? Stoudemire's just kind of talking. He's getting offers so naturally he's listening. He probably has no plans of going anywhere, but is at least going to hear everything out so he keeps his options open in case the lockout extends. No reason to just rule everything out right now.

But I can definitely tell you, I'm not looking forward to daily Amar'e updates about his potential Eurotrip. It's August. The drama's supposed to be over.


Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:06 pm

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

Who cares if those team have called, he isn't going anywhere!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:20 pm

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

All NBA players should go over seas, so I don't have to listen to them whine throughout what I expect to be a prolonged lockout. 

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: July 26, 2011 2:12 pm

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

Just a quick question for you Mr. Royce Young. If you're so tired of the "drama" caused by Amar'e's updates about his opportunities to play overseas, then why do you entertain and perpetuate them by writing this article?

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:34 pm

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

I wouldn't be surprised if the owner's were secretly loving the players going overseas.  They have been pouring resources into globalization of the sport...what better way than to have your best players showcase their talents in other countries?  If the season gets locked out and there is not basketball here, at least the owners are getting free global marketing of their product.  It is a win-win for owners. 

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:26 pm

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

The owners know this is a ploy. I don't think they are worried about these guys going overseas at all. If they go, they go. How many people in the US are going to buy the Turkish League PPV package? Not me! This will get settled eventually, when the players realize they aren't bigger than the game. The game has gone on after Michael, Bird, Magic, and all of the greats, and it will continue to go on after these current players retire.

Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:23 am

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

NBA players have so much more leverage than NFL players. They can play anywhere. I still think it is funny that it went from Ricky Rubio going to the NBA to the NBA coming to Ricky Rubio.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:19 am

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say go. Don't come back and maybe just maybe they will start considering shutting down this crappy sport for good. Of course if you do that you better build a lot more jails.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:42 am

Amar'e says a lot of foreign teams have called

As a Knicks fan, he'd BETTER not go overseas and hurt his back. I believe his loyalty is to the Knicks and he's just playing this up for the media etc. He still has a huge contract to fulfill and won't want to jeopardize that for a season overseas...

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