Tuesday , Sep , 04 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Who Will Lead The Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash And Raja Bell Or Amare Stoudemire?

No disrespect to Stoudemire, but Steve Nash and Raja Bell are Phoenix’s leaders. Nash gives the Suns their identity as an unselfish, run-and-gun offensive outfit, while Bell provides toughness on both ends of the floor …

The Arizona Republic reports on Amare Stoudemire assuming a leadership role with the Suns next season:

Amare Stoudemire is in love with basketball more than ever since breaking free from the physical and mental limitations caused by knee surgeries in October 2005 and April 2006. Mike D’Antoni will turn more leadership over to Stoudemire, who has longed for the chance but has been learning how and when to do so in recent years. He has communicated with teammates this summer to touch base and "took notes" on Steve Nash‘s leadership skills for the past three years.

My Quick Take: I like . I like his athleticism. I like his work ethic. I even like the whacked-out, eccentric wardrobe he sported two seasons ago when chained to the bench with knee injuries.

However, Stoudemire should realize you don’t become a leader by taking notes on others. You either have leadership skills or you don’t. Teammates see through guys trying to lead.

No disrespect to Stoudemire, but and are Phoenix‘s leaders. Nash gives the Suns their identity as an unselfish, run-and-gun offensive outfit, while Bell provides toughness on both ends of the floor.

Stoudemire’s interest in being a leader is a positive sign. It shows he’s prepared to be accountable and wants to be a good teammate.  This hasn’t always been the case:

"If you rented a large ballroom and invited in all the professional athletes for whom self-absorption is the default sensibility, you wouldn’t have room for a card table. But space would have to be found for Stoudemire. He wants the Suns to win, of course, but he needs to be the star." (Jack McCallum, :07 Seconds or Less)

The Suns should be happy that Stoudemire has improved his attitude. He’s already The Man on-the-court. Why force him to be The Man off-the-court?

Who do you see as the leader of the Phoenix Suns? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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