He's the man.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Not only is Amare Stoudemire suffering from a brain fart, he's already being written out of the Knicks future in some circles.

"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.

In addition, the Suns have tradeable pieces in Channing Frye, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick who would save the Knicks just over $15 million over the next three seasons.

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.

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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:

2. Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau (27)

3. Indiana coach Frank Vogel (7)

4. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins(6).

Boston's Doc Rivers and Denver's George Karl each received a vote.

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!"


Beard beats Jet every time.

(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.

In the other games, the Miami Heat took care of the New York Knicks (104-94) and took a 2-0 series lead, and the Indiana Pacers bounced back to tie their series 1-1 with the Orlando Magic (93-78).

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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Fans of the Phoenix Suns aren’t used to this feeling of uncertainty, one that metaphorically can be explained as a hole leading to the future that’s too dark to make anything...

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As we embark on yet another Sunless NBA playoffs, a lot of folks on the site have shared that they’ll be rooting for this or that ex-Sun advancing toward glory.

But I had not yet seen a comprehensive list of our former favorites (and not-so favorites) who are moving on with other teams in the 2012 race for a ring.

In an effort to rectify this, I have put together the following list of former Suns who are still in it to win it.

Ten of the 16 teams have at least one former Sun now in uniform. In fact, you could build an entire NBA roster -- and not a bad one -- just out of ex-Suns in the playoff hunt. I also included head coaches with strong Suns ties.

If I missed anybody, please correct me in the comments below as I’m working largely from memory here.

Feel free to share who you’re rooting for and why.

Despite their Game 1 drubbing at the hands of Miami and the loss of Iman Shumpert, I’m still pulling for our old friend Amare to make some noise in the playoffs.

To me, he’s still the big goofy kid we watched grow up, even though he now wears a different shade of orange. And out of all the players on the list, I think he’s the most critical to his team’s performance.

We’ll start with the East, which kind of ironically has a larger number of ex-Suns in competition.

Eastern Conference

1) Chicago – No known Suns presence

2) Miami – James Jones

3) Indiana – Leandro Barbosa, Lou Amundson

4) Boston -- Mickael Pietrus

5) Atlanta – Joe Johnson

6) Orlando – Earl Clark, Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu

7) New York -- Amare Stoudemire

8) Philadelphia – No known Suns presence

Western Conference

1) San Antonio – Boris Diaw

2) Oklahoma City – Kevin Durant (Just seeing if you’re paying attention, actually no known Suns presence)

3) Los Angeles LakersMatt Barnes

4) Memphis – Lionel Hollins (head coach, gets an honorable mention as ex-Sun because he was an assistant coach for us)

5) Los Angeles ClippersVinny Del Negro (head coach)

6) Denver Nuggets – No known Suns presence

7) Dallas – Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion

8) Utah JazzRaja Bell, Tyrone Corbin (head coach)


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