Saturday , Oct , 15 , 2011 Andrew Flint

Amar’e Stoudemire blames Robert Sarver for lockout

Amar’e Stoudemire believes he knows where to place the blame for the NBA’s aggressive stance against the players’ union: the owner of his former team, the Phoenix Suns. “[Robert] Sarver, for sure,” Stoudemire said. “He’s probably the main guy that’s pushing for this lockout.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I didn’t think Robert Sarver, the owner of the Phoenix Suns, could look much worse.

After all, he single-handedly decimated the Suns, refusing to re-sign Joe Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire and selling first round draft picks like action figures on E-Bay.

Well, I was wrong.

Fair or not, Sarver is seen as the hardline owner who held up the two sides agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement a few weeks back.

And his comments about wanting to take the mid level exception home in a handbag to his wife and sitting out the entire year were asinine and stupid.

The players are taking note. Starting with the Suns’ former star in Stoudemire, who saw first hand how Sarver’s nickel and dimming destroyed his chances of winning  a championship in Arizona.

It’s not that Sarver doesn’t have a right to speak his mind. It’s that he lacks the credibility for anyone to listen.

The lockout has made that point even clearer.


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