Talk about sucking it big time.....
Going to school: Stoudemire learns he can rise with Suns
By MIKE McALLISTER / The Dallas Morning News
Forget the physical stuff, like the muscular 6-10, 245-pound physique that prompted this description from New Jersey's Richard Jefferson: "Unbelievable."
Or the quick feet that allow him to swoop in undetected to block shots, run the court with sprinter's speed, or throw spin moves past disbelieving opponents. Or the explosive leaping ability, good enough to land him in this season's Slam Dunk contest.
Forget the comparisons, which are plentiful. Various parts of his game have been linked to two current MVP-caliber players (Tracy McGrady and Shaquille O'Neal), two Malones (Moses and Karl), two players who have seen better days (Shawn Kemp and Alonzo Mourning) and one former Maverick who has definitely seen better days (Roy Tarpley).
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Stoudemire learns he can rise with Suns
Forget that his Phoenix Suns – who last season missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 years – now have one of the league's brightest futures, thanks to a draft-day steal with the ninth pick last summer.
Forget all that when rookie sensation Amare Stoudemire takes the court Saturday against the Mavericks.
Want to rave about Stoudemire? Then rave about his maturity level.
"I've been surprised by his maturity and the way he carries himself," said fellow rookie Caron Butler of Miami. "He doesn't carry himself like a guy that's 19 years old and just out of high school."
Actually, Stoudemire is 20, having celebrated that birthday about three weeks after the season started. But you get the point.
He's showing maturity rarely seen from a player straight out of high school. Maturity unexpected from a person whose family problems and personal issues make the Sopranos seem like the Cleavers. Maturity appreciated by teammates and opponents.
That's what you need to remember about Stoudemire, who is battling for Rookie of the Year honors with Houston's Yao Ming. It's a close contest, but the Lakers' Kobe Bryant thinks Stoudemire is a clear-cut choice.
"Kind of a no-brainer, really," Bryant said, "with what he's been able to do for the Suns, especially for someone to be as young as he is. He's energized that team and provided a serious low-post presence."
Has he ever.