July 28, 2016

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been:

Like everything during that era of Phoenix prosperity, the team's plans for the future moved in warp speed. Internally, the Suns imagined a new positional prototype for their high-octane system, to be unleashed in the following season. Point center, they called it. Amar’e Stoudemire, the 22-year-old future of the franchise, was to be its apostle.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:23 PM - 2 comments

Nice read. I remember expecting Stoudamire to be a giant after he and Steve Nash beat my Dallas Mavericks in the Western semis that 2005 season. 28.8 points a game and 12.5 rebounds.

posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on July 28

Oh, man. Yeah, I went to the Nash's first game back against the Mavs in '04 and he got a huge standing ovation from the Dallas crowd. But as the game progressed and it got really competitive, it turned into "holy crap, this team is dangerously good". That '05 series the Suns had against the Spurs was incredible.

He only had a cup of coffee playing for the Mavs last year (23 games), but even then, coming off the bench, you could still see how gifted he is. I have a lot of respect for that dude.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:29 AM on July 29

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