This is my first fan-post and i found it necessary to make my point very clear to all you people who wouldn't mind Stoudemire leaving or trading him.
As you quite obviously know, amare has been on an absolute tear since the all-star break. Inventing an instantly classic line: Bully Ball. He has added fire to the belly of this Suns team and is the reason why Jason Richardson, a player referred to as a chucker during the course of his career, is playing so well. You don't go from averaging 15.7 ppg in the regular season to averaging a shaded under 22 a game for no reason. The reason behind all of this you might ask? Amare Stoudemire a player who we cant decide on whether we hate him or not. His play catapulted us to the number three seed in the west. Now if you look back in the middle months of January and December, the playoffs were a far cry away, and the wounds of a loss to the hawks at the buzzer had just been salted; no freaking way a team playing this badly can make it to the playoffs, let alone the western conference finals.
After blowing many leads, the suns decided they had had enough and won against the mavericks; on TNT. You know this story, and you know it well, but the essence of it is to remind you that Amare Stoudemire has turned this franchise around is its key element to success. For us Suns fans, it is easy to forget that its not only Nash's astonishing talent that makes the tandem so great. It is the explosiveness and agility of the receiver that makes the passes look all the more better. Amare really matured this season and his focus, hunger, and determination defined the new-found grit this Suns team discovered. His attitude complemented Nash and Grant's diligence as leaders. Not only did he develop a better attitude, but his defensive game improved leaps and bounds from what it was in 05 before the micro-fracture surgery. He displayed a more patient side to him and opened up a little bit more; picking up teammate tabs creating the ultimate locker room atmosphere.
The scary thing is imagining what he could have been like had he not gotten micro-fracture surgery, albeit, the surgery has done very little in slowing him down. Instead of becoming discouraged, amare made up for it by improving his jump shot, and that is what makes amare so special. He is a success story in every sense of the term. He has bounced back from two injuries that could have ended a career, instead we got the most dominant player in the paint during the regular season of the 2009-2010 campaign. Also, amare has yet to hit his prime, as 29 is the usually a break out year for most players. Last time i checked, Amare is still only 28 and hasn't had the wear an tear of some like Kobe Bryant. i know that signing him a max deal is a big concern because of his age but we having Aaron Nelson as a trainer, if grant hill can play this play at age 37, then Stoudemire will continue to be very productive even at the age of 34. I mean, if you ask me, using Amare's age is more of an excuse rather than a concern. I mean we have TWO examples of guys who are playing well in their old age. Think about it, what other Powerforward do you know that is as skilled, creative, explosive, and awesome offensively as Amare? Which other power forward do you know can play in this system and flourish? Not many and that leads me to why Amare is so key to this franchise.
Amare MUST stay in phx, as h e staples this team together. Listen, if anyone is looking for an all-star player to replace hill, we have been gifted with Earl Clark. He has potential written all over him, and i have said this before: he reminds me a lot of odom. All he needs to do is develop a solid jumpshot and learn how to pay attention in a game, because if he gets some minutes he will be part of a very strong and tall front line of Lopez, Stoudemire, and Clark. With that said, amare as our "wide reciever" makes goran dragic a much better pg to say the least and with amare's inside presence he will make Jason Richardson or whoever will play shooting guard in the near future a surefire player to get open looks And that could could very well make this team dominate and has the potential of becoming a contender/powerhouse in a couple of years all because of giving stoudemire the max. While his leadership skills need some touching up, he has turned out to be quite mature for a straight out of highschool player, and although he has those "lucky" moments, i dont mind it because he is usually one to back his shit up. Now on to a highly criticized aspect of stoudemire: his unflattering rebound numbers.
Now, If you look at pau gasol, it took him 9 freaking years to assert his will on a game. What i mean by that is Pau gasol was never really a good defender, and he certainly was never a good rebounder; case in point, he averaged 7.3 rpg, 7.7 rpg, and 7.6 in three separate seasons, while amare has never averaged less than 8 rebounds in a season; 50+ at least. The key to Pau's success? He was paired with a center who could actually rebound, or in other terms, Pau Gasol sucked at rebounding until he was booted to Power Forward despite being 7 feet tall. What does that have to do with anything? Amare has had to play center for the majority of his career and hasn't been able to play his natural position and has still managed to average 9 rebound a game. Now, imagine him being able to with two great rebounders; he can cheat on the boards and take the rebounds because he wont be properly blocked out.