Phoenix Suns’ Playoff Run Could Decide Amare Stoudemire’s Future

April 28th, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
The playoffs aren't just where reps are made. Contracts are made there, too.

Just ask Jerome James.

Guys like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will get their greenbacks whether their teams soar (Cleveland) or stink (Miami). With Amare Stoudmemire, it's not such a given.

Maybe that's because he hasn't been a given during his career. Until the second half of this season, it was almost commonplace to see 25 and 12 one night, followed up by 15 and six the next.

Stoudemire's stats during the Suns' series against Portland won't wow anyone, but if you've watched the games, you've seen the reason behind the regression in his numbers.

Portland is swarming Stoudemire whenever he catches the ball below the free-throw line, forcing him to pass out of the double/triple team.

His willingness to do so has been revolutionary; in years past, Amare barreled through opposing defenses with the strength and foresight of an enraged elephant.

He's learned, and that's what has whispers of max money coming his way, and not in an incredulous tone, either.

Amare's learned how to live in harmony with his teammates. He ...

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