Correct me if I'm wrong but was this similar to the time Marion got traded, although the deal did not get done for Amare this time?
Suns offer Stoudemire to Rockets
On the eve of the trade deadline, the Phoenix Suns told Amar’e Stoudemire they would likely keep him. They also still tried to trade him.
An NBA source said the Suns made an 11th-hour effort to send the All-Star to the Houston Rockets for forwards Shane Battier(notes) and Luis Scola(notes) and a draft pick. The offer surprised the Rockets, who passed because they were worried about Stoudemire leaving as a free agent this summer.
League sources still expect the Miami Heat to be Stoudemire’s top suitor this summer if he opts out of the final $17.7 million season of his contract."
I'm not a professional NBA player and I don't live in US. I have to come in early to work everyday with a boss that shouts at me every time he sees something he does not like, although I'm considered very good in what I do.
I see myself as a small town person who does not know big city life or ever have a home team to support every 2-3 days. That's why I am really envious what every US city seems to have i.e. vibrant home teams with their own history and culture.
What I do hate, along with greedy players "I'm not excusing Amare as I have never said he deserves a max", are management staff that strings fans and players along and ends with "That's business as usual".
I'm sorry. As a fan, it will never be business as usual.
My heart bled when Stern banned Amare and Diaw in that WSCF against the Spurs, while the refs continue to let the Spurs do their ticky tack fouls. I had a splitting headache when it was reported that Amare had to go for micro-surgery. My heart stopped when I heard they traded Marion after telling him they won't.
When they traded Shaq "good riddance", I nearly dropped my sister's baby when I saw what we got back in return...
As fans, we live and die by our teams. Everytime the Suns lost, my mood is black for half the day. And it is not unreasonable that I have grown utterly disgusted with the management and owners of our team.
Besides last 3 draft picks in the last 2.5 years, nothing has gone right for this team.
I sincerely hope that the Suns management will start to rebuild our team, as well as some form of relationship with the players and fans worthy of trust.
If not, please hesitate a little before buying any more season tickets from these jokers unless they give us a few guarantees on building the team or dumping sallary to create a lottery team like NJ.
We should consider doing this in case we need them to force them to sell the Suns before it can truly rise in the West again.
Thanks for your time and attention.