Saturday , Oct , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire left Suns to win with Knicks?

Amar’e Stoudemire left the Suns as a free agent and decided to join the Knicks for fame, fortune and a better chance to win an NBA title. New York doesn’t have the core needed to contend now but even after signing Stoudemire to a $100 million contract, they have the future cap space to make a splash.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This sounds good.

Amar’e Stoudemire is telling anyone who’ll listen he left Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns to win a championship with the New York Knicks.

His logic is, of course, flawed.

While Nash and the Suns won’t be hosting a June victory parade, the Knicks aren’t closer to shutting down Manhattan for a championship celebration, either.

Don’t forget the Knicks play in the highly competitive Eastern Conference, too. There’s the Holy Trinity in Miami; the Gang Green of the Boston Celtics; and the always tough Orlando Magic.

Bottom line: Stoudemire signed with the Knicks because they offered the most money. In fact, the Knicks $100 million contract trumped other teams’ offers by $20 million.

The Big Apple is perfect for the ‘modest’ Stoudemire – a player who dubbed himself Standing Tall and Talented – to ply his trade.

After all, New York’s spotlight and stage is bigger than any other. And there’s no Nash to steal headlines or credit.

So STAT can say his decision to leave Phoenix was about winning. Money and market size played a role, too.

–Oly Sandor.


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