the hot news in Chicago is the possible trade between the Bulls and the Phoenix Suns for the petulant Amar'e Stoudemire. Dude's got a severe chip on his shoulder, to Shaq being in town to the fact that "the media" has spelled his name wrong ever since he got into the Association (which is whose fault? According to the ever reliable and always truthful Wikipedia, it has been the Suns providing false information)...
What is known is that Stoudemire is a stud in the post. He's 6-10 and averages over 20 points and 8 rebounds per game.
What also is known is that he won't be 27 until the start of next season, so he is just now entering his prime.
What is also known is that everyone on the Bulls not named Derrick Rose sucks. Hard.
Which leads to two questions:
1. Why, why why in the world would Kerr send Stoudemire here?
2. Why why why in the world has Paxon just not offered up the entire team plus Pete Myers in exchange for this guy to get it done? If I'm Pax, if this is truly a legit possibility, I even offer up a digitally remastered video of Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals where its Kerr hitting the game winning shot against the Suns.
Pax has been gun shy in his 5+ years at the helm of the Bulls, and has watched numerous opportunities to make his team better...he just has to take this one. Has to.
No Pau Gasol.
No Jermaine O'Neal.
And throw in a missed opportunity to draft Brandon Roy, too.
Pax did a good job the last few years building a team of complimentary players. The problem was, he treated them like burgeoning stars - and then he paid the price when Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng wanted the paper and playing time to go with it.
Now he has a star in Derrick Rose. Get Stoudemire. That gives you 2 stars. That's the proven formula for success - all he has to do is look at the three title teams he played on! Then Pax can go about doing what he does best in the draft and free agency - find good complimentary players!
just for fun, I compiled this list.
When will owner Tom Hicks and the various personnel men, managers and team trainers from this club come under fire for the cheating that seemingly thrived in Texas?
Texas Rangers from 1990-2003
Alex Rodriguez - caught & admitted
Rafael Palmeiro - caught
Juan Gonzalez - Texas owner Tom Hicks suspects he did; Canseco said he did
Ivan Rodriguez - Canseco said he did
John Rocker - admitted
Ken Caminiti - admitted
David Segui - admitted
Dave Martinez - Canseco said he did
Fernando Tatis - suspected
Mickey Tettleton - suspected
Dean Palmer - suspected
Lee Stevens - admitted Andro
Dean Palmer - suspected
Kevin Brown - Mitchell report
Jose Canseco - admitted
Julio Franco - suspected
Robb Nen - suspected
Ruben Sierra - suspected
Pete Incaviglia - suspected steroid; Grimsley said he used amphetamines
Jim Leyritz - admitted
Randy Velarde - Mitchell report
Mike Stanton - Mitchell
Gregg Zaun - Mitchell
Ismael Valdez - Mitchell
Mike Judd - Mitchell