This summer’s free agent class is full of big names in search of a big payout and the chance to team up with one another for multiple championships. Amar’e Stoudemire is one of the key cogs in this free agent class, but he has a different outlook on things. He’s looking for potential.
Looking for potential is a grand idea. There’s nothing wrong with looking for potential. But in Amar’e’s case, he’s looking for it in the wrong place. Namely, in New Jersey.
“There are some teams you may say, ‘no way,’ ” said the 6-foot-10 Stoudemire, who scored 27 points in the Suns’ 118-94 win that dropped the Nets to 3-38 at the season’s halfway point. “I don’t think the Nets are one of them.”
Oh really? Is it because they are currently 3-38?
Or is it the 102 ppg they give up?
Or was it that 18 game losing streak that they started the season on that has your attention?
What could have Stoudamire so intrigued?
Nevertheless, Stoudemire, a 21.1 points per game career scorer, views the positives. He sees Brook Lopez (who had a monster 26-point, 13-rebound game), a move to Brooklyn, an incoming Russian owner with deeper than deep pockets, Devin Harris and high draft picks.
“Potential. Absolutely. I think that’s a team with potential,” Stoudemire said. “They can definitely contend in the near future [with] the right pieces.”
By near future you mean, never right?
“The opportunity to win, that’s the most important factor,” Stoudemire said. “If they are able to build a team that can win . . . win a championship in the near future, that’s the ultimate goal. That will determine whether I stay or go.”
Obviously, the opportunity to win isn’t the most important factor. If it were, you wouldn’t be talking crazy right now.
“It may scare some but . . . it won’t scare us,” Stoudemire said of the record. “We understand how good a team [they] can be if they put the right pieces together. So the opportunity is bright for the Nets. It’s a matter of making the right decisions.
Amar’e, it should scare you. It should really scare you.
Suns hammer Nets, but Amar’e sees New Jersey’s ‘potential’ (New York Post)
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