Following Friday morning’s shootaround, it was business as usual for the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire.
And by “business as usual,” I mean the All-Star forward was yet again fielding questions about all those trade rumors even a day after the NBA’s trading deadline passed. Of course, this time they were all in the past tense.
“Trades are a part of the game,” Stoudemire said. “Trades happen every year to franchise players. It’s nothing personal at all. It’s business. Whatever situation I was presented with, I was going to accept that role and attack it with full aggressiveness.
“It’s definitely over with in terms of the trade talk. Now we can focus on our main goal as a team and see if we can accomplish that.”
STAT admitted he will wait until the offseason to decide his future in Phoenix and also talked about dining with Managing Partner Robert Sarver and President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr Thursday night.
“It was more me wanting to talk to them about the situation and what we are trying to do in terms of the goals of the team,” Stoudemire said. “We had a great dinner and a great conversation. I feel confident about the situation.
“It was strictly a positive conversation. I just got a few things off my chest, but overall it was great for all of us to sit down and talk about everything and go from there.”
Business aside, the power forward said now he can go back to concentrating on the game – the same thing he was doing as his name swirled amidst all those recent trade rumors.
“I was focusing on basketball regardless,” Stoudemire smiled. “From my teammates’ standpoint, now they know nothing is going to happen, and we can totally focus as a unit to figure out what we can do to make this playoff push.”