"It's been pretty firmly established this season that Anthony and Stoudemire cannot play well together," Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com writes for Insider today. "Offensively, Carmelo shoots much better without Amare because he is given more freedom to create for himself, particularly in areas of the floor where both players' repertoires overlap. Further, Stoudemire's presence on the floor requires an increase in ball movement, which clashes with Anthony's preferred style of play. In short, neither player is equipped to accentuate the other's gifts; instead, they just end up stifling each other. ..."
This rumors article on espn.com goes on to make a trade suggestion. My jaw dropped.
So what teams might be interested in Stoudemire? One that immediately comes to mind is Phoenix, where Stoudemire grew up in the league and became a bright young star next to Steve Nash. It might seem like an unlikely scenario going back to the Valley of the Sun, but Stoudemire has the star power the franchise so desperately needs. Putting Stoudemire in the frontcourt next to emerging center Marcin Gortat could allow both to thrive.
I don't know what to say to this. There are so many possible angles to take. It's obvious that Amare's best days were as a Phoenix Sun (7 years in Phoenix vs. 3 good months in NY as well). Amare and Carmelo cannot play winning basketball together. Steve Nash needs his Robin back. Suns with Amare would be a contender again.
But to actually consider this would be, and is, quite mind-boggling.
I suppose winning 50 of 66 games will help one get the vote for coach of the year.
Gregg Popovich won the award for a second time, the other in 2003. I suppose this news isn't very surprising. The Spurs have once again figured out how to kick the league's asses even with an aging Timmay, Tony Parker, oft-injured Manu Ginobili, and a host of complementary parts
The rest of the voting went as follows:
3. Indiana coach Frank Vogel (7)
4. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins(6).
Gregg Popovich Named 2012 NBA Coach of the Year-SB-Mike Prada
Popovich won the award for the second time in his career and first since the 2002-03 season, the league announced on Tuesday. Popovich beat out Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to take home the honor.
And perhaps Alvin Gentry didn't deserve 1 (one) single, solitary vote. Maybe only the Suns faithful truly understood how lacking in talent this squad was, how improbable a playoff birth would have been, even after a furious comeback the team made in the second half of the season. The Suns did not quit though. The locker room held together, and the team finished strong. And for that, you have to give Gentry some credit.
Goes to show you the big W means everything. Nevertheless, I still think Gentry was more deserving than Karl and Rivers for their single votes. What say you all?
Not a real interesting story, was it?
Well, stay tuned for our "Suns Season
in Review Recap LATER THIS WEEK!"
(SB Nation Arizona, Seth Pollack) Monday's 2012 NBA Playoff schedule gave us two so-so games and one really fun contest. Not surprisingly, the really good game featured the Western Conference Finals rematch between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder took a 2-0 series lead with their win (102-99)
The game once again came down to the wire, with Jason Terry having two shots at tying the game with a made three-pointer. He missed both attempts. The Thunder have yet to shoot the ball well and are showing flaws, but they've been good enough to beat the Mavs, who lack enough punch. This series should go at least six games, however, unless the Thunder are able to find another level of play on the road.
The big story in the NBA from Monday's playoff action is the status of Amare Stoudemire's hand. He reportedly hit the glass door of a fire extinguisher case and caused himself some damage. Not the smartest thing Amare's ever done but we still don't have all the details. With the Knicks trailing the Heat 0-2 in the series, his availability for the next few games is unknown.
Here's Tuesday's schedule of playoff games.
Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on NBA TV. The Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo, who is serving a one-game suspension for bumping an official. The Hawks will need to stay focused (never a strong suit for that team) and hopefully get better shooting from Joe Johnson. If they do, they can take a nice 2-0 lead in the series.
Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on TNT. The Bulls will begin their post-Derrick Rose playoff run Tuesday, but they still should be fine against the offensively-challenged 76ers. Rose missed almost half the season with other injuries and backup CJ Watson is playing well.
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT on TNT. The Lakers killed the Nuggets in the paint and there's no reason to think that will change anytime soon. The Nuggets will need to play VERY fast and try to wear down Andrew Bynum, and they'll need a ton of threes to win. Possible, but not likely.
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