Tuesday , Jan , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Amaré Stoudemire and Phoenix Suns Working it Out?

Center Amaré Stoudemire returned to the Suns on Monday and the team tried to return to normalcy.That was not easy after Stoudemire did not come to practice Sunday, setting off speculation that he was upset with not getting shots in the third quarter and final six minutes of Saturday’s loss.Stoudemire, who notified the team by text message on Sunday that he would be absent, said Monday that he was absent because his son had a 103-degree temperature that returned to normal Monday.

A day after contemplating changes, D’Antoni said Phoenix has to press on with the league’s top offense and an improved defense. He and Kerr acknowledged that is fair to question whether Stoudemire should be a greater focus in the offense. But just as D’Antoni noted they could have found Stoudemire more down the stretch Saturday, he points out that Stoudemire’s shots and
points are up from last year and the team is atop its division. Click here for more from the Arizona Republic.