Saturday , Apr , 11 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies Glad They Didn’t Acquire Amar’e

As the trade deadline approached one of the scenarios involving Suns’ star forward Amare Stoudemire was the All-Star to Memphis for a first-round draft pick, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley.

According to the Arizona Republic, one person who is glad the trade did not go through is Memphis coach Lionel Hollins.

"You can make a trade like that and it looks good on the surface but we’re not a winning team," said Hollins.

"You’re trading your nucleus for one player who’s probably not going to take you over the hump. I love Amare Stoudemire as a player but he’s not Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal) when Shaq was in his prime. He’s not LeBron James. He’s not Kobe Bryant. Even those guys need players around them.