The 10 worst moments of Amare Stoudemire’s Phoenix Suns career


As Michael Schwartz pointed out Tuesday night, Amare Stoudemire has filled the US Airways Center with energy and excitement for the past eight seasons. From the five All-Star appearances to the Rookie of the Year Award, STAT has done some phenomenal things in a Suns uniform.

But for every thunderous dunk or 50-point explosion, there’s been a not-so-top-10 moment for Amare. With that said, here are the top 10 worst moment of Amare Stoudemire’s Phoenix Suns career:

10. The Amar’e apostrophe

Not exactly a moment here, but Amare adding the apostrophe to his name pretty much sums up his thirst for attention. Why else on earth would you legally change your name to include an apostrophe in such an obscure place? And the apostrophe wasn’t all, Amare has always been changing his persona. Remember the great Sun Tzu? STAT I can deal with, but Sun Tzu? Between that and the apostrophe, not one of Amare’s best moments.

9. Constant trade rumors

Stoudemire was thrown around like a rag doll during the past couple of offseasons and trade deadlines. His name was mentioned in seemingly every rumored deal on the mill. So often in fact that Schwartz went out and purchased AmareStoudemireTradeRumors.com. One minute he was a Cavalier, then a 76er, then a Warrior and then a Chicago Bull, and he was expected to go out and produce amidst all of this mayhem. The trade rumor saga was a dark time of sorts for STAT.

8. Immaturity

Again, not exactly a moment, but a few times definitely come in mind that encompass Amare’s immaturity. How about when he was stubborn with then-head coach Mike D’Antoni and wasn’t able to go take criticism or act as a professional? Or when he feuded with Shawn Marion about being top dog on the team? Coincidence or not, D’Antoni and Marion both left, and Stoudemire struggled with his maturity until the last couple of seasons.

7. Laughable defense and rebounding

For the X’s and O’s people, this could easily be No. 1 on this list. Amare has been painful to watch on the defensive end since he broke into the league, and his rebounding has been nearly as pathetic. How can a 6-foot-10 athletic monster fail to ever average 10 rebounds per game over the course of a season? How can a player with so much explosiveness fail to defend opposing power forwards that are significantly slower and weaker? His lack of effort on the glass and the defensive end is the one thing Suns fans will not miss about Amare Stoudemire.

6. Eye surgery

After going through two knee surgeries, the eye surgery for Stoudemire’s partially detached retina, which came on Feb 19, was the icing on the cake . He had to lay face down for 22 hours a day during the summer and was significantly set back because of the injury. Luckily he was able to have a bounce-back season in 2009-10, and the Shaq-Terry Porter team was already pretty dysfunctional, but any career-threatening eye surgery has to be a moment to forget.

5. Lakers series, Lamar Odom going off

Amare basically laid an egg in the Western Conference Finals. He had one game with double-digit rebounds, was throughly torn apart by Lamar Odom, and was a ghost at times offensively. He really never rose to the occasion at all, and proved true the belief that he can’t be a No. 1, or even No. 2, option on a championship team. He showed up for one game where he went off for 42, but he also let Odom grab double-digit boards five out of the six games, including one with 19. It was a forgettable series for STAT and a bad way to end your Phoenix Suns career.

4. Not coming back in 2006

After Stoudemrie underwent his first knee surgery in October of 2005 it was expected that he would be back by mid-February. His rehab took longer than the team had hoped, however, and after scoring a combined 26 points during a three-game comeback Stoudemire and the medical staff decided he wouldn’t return that season. The Suns went on to win 54 games and challenge the Mavericks in the West Finals, before losing 4-2. There will always be that ‘what if’ factor with the 2005-06 season. Just imagine that team with a healthy and explosive Amare Stoudemire.

3. ‘You shouldn’t have said that’ quotes

Stoudemire has never been bashful about saying what’s on his mind, which hurt him more often than helped him during his eight seasons in Phoenix. Like when he called Lamar Odom’s 19-point, 19-rebound performance in Game 1 of the West Finals “lucky.” Or when he declared that he would be Ron Artest like on defense. He said, “I want to be the guy you fear when you see him guarding you.” How did that work out for you, Amare?

2. Knee surgery

It was so difficult to put this at No. 2, because just imagine the type of player that Amare Stoudemire could be if it weren’t for his microfracture surgery. Sure, he is still an All-Star and one of the best and most explosive big men in the league, but he would have been that much more explosive with completely healthy knees. And who knows, the Suns could have very well won a championship when he was on the shelf. He is one of the lucky ones that has come back and been successful after microfracture, but his career will most likely be cut short because of it.

1. Suspended for leaving the bench against San Antonio

Since we are talking about the 10 worst “moments,” leaving the bench after the Robert Horry hip check in Game 4 of the 2007 was far and away Amare Stoudemire’s worst moment as a Phoenix Sun. This was a team that had won 61 games in the regular season and was really a Game 5-victory away from a special postseason run. But thanks to Amare’s brain fart the Suns were without their leading scorer for a pivotal Game 5. Planet Orange was never able to see the full potential of the 2006-07 Phoenix Suns, as they fell to the Spurs 4-2.

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  • Bob

    I feel a little better about this now. My main problem has always been that Amare talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk.

  • Mel.

    ^This was probably my number one low-point for STAT's career, as well. Proximity notwithstanding, the fact that he actually embodied that superstar potential that we'd all been jonesing for through the second half of the season made this no-show that much worse.

    It wasn't even that the Lakers did what they needed to do in Game Six, crushing a Cinderella team en route to their repeat championship… it was the fact that the Suns actually had a legitimate chance, but couldn't get it together. Nash desperately pumping pass after pass into STAT's hands, only to watch him get battered about in the post and brick every other shot was depressing enough, and the throwaway third quarter meant that the rally in the fourth was a total wash.

    And even if it wasn't true, the end result made everything that had preceded the playoffs feel like a cash-grab on STAT's part. Not that it's the truth, but because it paled in comparison to what COULD have been.

  • Chris

    So most of Amar'e's worst moments aren't actually moments, and half of them were hardly his fault? Sour grapes from some blogger who just lost his team's best scorer.

  • suns68

    Reminder:

    Amare averaged 25 points a game in the WCF — more than Gasol and more than Odom and Bynum put together.

    As his team's only credible inside scorer, up against three seven-footers, with only the injured Robin Lopez for interior help, I thought he did all right. Yeah, we didn't win, and yeah, he didn't get a lot of boards, but I just can't consider it a 10-worst moment.

    I think Bryant going off for an average 33.7 ppg was more to the heart of our problem in the WCF.

  • chachacha

    could be worse. he could’ve added a comma. “Amar,e” looks worse.

  • Sean

    “He really never rose to the occasion at all, and proved true the belief that he can’t be a No. 1, or even No. 2, option on a championship team.”

    To me, the Lakers series showed that Amare is not a #1 option on a championship team. But I definitely think he *could* be a great #2 option on a title team.

    In game 6, the Suns went to Amare over and over as the #1 option, and he just didn’t deliver. If he makes 2-3 more shots in the 2nd half of that game, maybe history works out differently. But it didn’t. Happy trails Amare – thanks for the memories.

    Now, on to the future of the 2011 Phoenix Suns!

  • Bob

    Then you failed pretty bad Mike. These are some of the most memorable things about Stoudemire. Just not good memories.

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com Mike Schmitz

    @Chris: Maybe I should have used the term, low-points in his career. It wasn’t supposed to be a list of everything he’d done wrong, but rather his least-memorable times as a Sun.

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  • chris

    I find this article a bit classless. Like talking poorly about an ex after a break-up to spite them and make yourself feel better.

  • http://itsyouforme.deviantart.com justin

    i don't see anything wrong with this. they are the worst moments Amare had in phx for us. worst moments, as in, we wish they didn't happen. it wasn't supposed to be an attack on amare.

    and i don't think any suns fan (in particular the bloggers behind this site) would do this out of bitterness.

    completely fair article, in my opinion.

  • AmareFan

    Amare plays chess!

    http://www.msg.com/our-teams/knicks/knicks-press-conference-live-stream

    “It takes courage to play where the lights shine the brightest”

    Amare rocks! I’ll follow him to the Knicks and wherever else he goes!

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  • momo

    Guys he played 8 good years with the suns since he started his career. If you’re going to be post the 10 worst moments and say that you’re fair, then post the best 10 moments. Because clearly Amar’e did a hell of a job for the suns all these years keeping in mind that the suns are the 9th team in standings in the Western conference today. Go suns! Go stoudemire!

  • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Michael Schwartz

    @Momo Our previous article does indeed have the 10 best moments of his Suns career. We wanted to be fair by including both.