The question has dogged the Suns for two seasons now — will Amare stay or go?
Be it through trade or free agency, there has been endless speculation about Stoudemire’s geographic future. Phoenix? Miami? Mars? No one really knows … not even Amare.
In anticipation of his looming decision over whether or not to pick up his player option (and $17.7 MILLION DOLLARS!) or test the free agent waters on his boat solidified by an All-Star season and Western Conference Finals run, it seems Stoudemire needs your help.
Yes, you … assuming you are one of his roughly 77,000 followers on Twitter. Much like Toronto’s Chris Bosh did a while back, Stoudemire turned to the popular social networking micro blog to get some input on his future …
Amareisreal I think about Free Agency Everyday. Should I Stay in Phoenix or should I leave? This the question of the Summer. What do you guys think?
It remains to be seen if Stoudemire will consider any of the thousands of replies he is bound to receive from the tweet, but it’s clear Stoudemire was trying to accomplish something (regardless of how important that something may be).
Was the tweet a true look at where Amare is at in his decision — conflicted, deep in thought and in need of guidance to determine his landing spot for 2010-11. If it was, then there is hope for Suns fans, most of whom seem to be expecting his departure. But it seems a bit … unusual … to seek the guidance of your social networking friends, who are non-expert strangers. Not too likely he’s putting Twitter feedback high on his list of sources for solid advice.
Or maybe the tweet was Stoudemire’s attempt to gauge just how much Suns fans adore him and really want him to stick around. Maybe Stoudemire has been hearing all the Dirk Nowitzki talk and needed to make sure he’s loved in the Valley.
Or maybe it is just a cry for attention now that the Suns are an afterthought of the 2009-10 season and all the attention has shifted to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tom Izzo … oh, and the NBA Finals.
ESPN’s chronically connected blogger Bill “The Sports Guy” Simmons has a theory of sorts about the tweet in question, though he didn’t name any names …
Sportsguy33 Signs you might be a dick, Vol. 138: you ask your Twitter followers whether you should stay with your NBA team or sign elsewhere.
Well, I guess Simmons doesn’t trust in the Twitter method for deciding your basketball future. Wonder if Jordan would have tweeted for the fans’ input…