While We’re Waiting… Amare and Shaq, Team Chemistry and Sowers’ Shoulder

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Amare Stoudemire Shaquille O'NealTo those that speak/write without due diligence: “Bad info flows like an avalanche before the trade deadline, and somehow the gathering stream of snow scooped up the notion that Amare Stoudemire and Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t co-exist in Phoenix, so they wouldn’t work together if Stoudemire gets traded to Cleveland. A little revision is in order. It’s not that Stoudemire couldn’t play well next to O’Neal; he didn’t play as well next to O’Neal under Terry Porter’s system.  Stoudemire did just fine with Shaq in the house while the Suns were running Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Since Shaq didn’t start playing for the Suns until the first game after the All-Star break in 2008 it’s very easy to look at life with and without the Diesel. Before the break Stoudemire averaged 23.2 points on 59% shooting. After the break, playing alongside O’Neal, Stoudemire upped his scoring average to 28 points per game while maintaining that 59% field goal percentage. ” [JA Adande/TrueHoop]

Leon Powe knows postseason play [Josh Q. Public]

On the much-discussed chemistry: “Would it be fair to argue that even if no trade is made team chemistry has already been disrupted some?  I mean, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and JJ Hickson read the same reports on Sunday morning that we all did: LeBron has signed off on the deal to trade his teammates Z and Hickson.  Not that we should feel bad for these million dollar pros, but seven footers have feelings too you know.  And not only did they read the report that said your teammate and friend LeBron James is making moves to get rid of you behind the scenes, they also heard as much from a reporter – in Windhorst – that they know personally and trust to be reporting the facts.” [Brendan Bowers/Stepien Rules]

This edition of WWW can not be duplicated without prior written consent: “With the Super Bowl just concluded and baseball’s spring training only weeks away, a question occurred to us: whatever happened to the push for copyright holders to tone down their copyright notices?” [Ars Technica]

Just a heads up, Andrew will be participating in a cross-blog Trade Deadline Live Blog on Thursday.  The live blog will be hosted here from 12-4p and there will be a call-in show as well from 12-2p.  We hope you guys can participate and get a lot of perspective from multiple blogs covering the different teams in the NBA.  For additional info… [Celtics17]

And finally, more great news out of the Tribe: “Jeremy Sowers is in Goodyear for spring training, but the lefty is having some shoulder problems. The Indians say it is inflammation and soreness. They don’t think it’s serious, but won’t know for sure until he begins to try to throw in game conditions. This may not be a red flag, but it certainly is a caution flag. Because he’s out of minor-league options, Sowers was in position to make the roster either as a starter or long reliever. But if he’s hurt, then that opens another spot.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]

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  • Bridgecrosser

    Not sure if this was mentioned, while I am not in favor of the Maggette deal, wouldn;t the plan with that be to move LBJ to the 4 and have Maggette play the 3. Not sure if this got brought up previously. It’s not that crazy, especially since vs. the Magic LBJ can handle all their 4’s.

  • Bridgecrosser

    I should also add this is 95% likely a smokescreen just to get the PHX owner nervous. I am very looking forward to ripping off one of these teams in financial trouble.

  • Chris

    Windhorst claims that the only reason Maggette’s name is involved is in case the Cavs need a 3rd team to broker a deal with.

  • Jack

    Bridgecrosser – Windy had something to say about that this morning.

    He mentioned that as a possibility; and it seems to be a likely possibility…while that trade does not.

    But really, I’m so tired of LeBron NOT guarding Rashard Lewis. Can’t he just expend some energy and neutralize the only guy that really kills us?

  • Swiggles

    Team chemistry won’t be a problem. If nothing happens and LeBron looked at Z during every game, then shrugged his shoulders and sighed, it would be an issue. LeBron is going to rally everyone and get them to win. Of the things we take for granted, his leadership ability is definitely up on the list.

  • Jack

    The ECF was fairly frustrating as they went on and on about how the Magic had these forwards around 6’9-6’10 that could really move, were unexpectedly athletic for their size, and could play the perimeter. The Cavs just didn’t have the match-up…

    …like that LeBron James fellow. He was busy guarding Rafer Alston half the series.

  • Vare-A-Jay

    Give me Amare or give me death!
    (or just no trade at all)

  • LaundroMat

    “This may not be a red flag, but it certainly is a caution flag.”

    So what is that – a pink flag?

  • Jack

    Jeremy Sowers! Baseball! Mel Kiper’s ever-evolving board over the next TWO MONTHS!!!

    Yay other sports!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udne9JTds5A TS Trade to Browns

    They can JJ, Mo, Delonte, Boobie, Danny Green, Anthony Parker, whoever, just get Z back.


  • ben

    No one played well under Terry Porter’s system – Shaq and Amar’e included.

  • Roosevelt

    The longer this Phoenix thing takes to happen, the less likely it is to actually happen. We’ve heard so much about it by now, it can’t possibly be true.

  • jimkanicki

    you guys all are prepared for amare to leave at the end of the year, right? because that’s probably how this plays out. i’m curious if those who are for this STAT trade are ok with renting him for four months.

    best case, ferry gets him (via wink-wink) to take his player option for next year.

    the guy is short timer in CLV who would rather club it in miami than win championship(s).


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  • Chris

    @ #13 – Actually, best case scenario is that Ferry uses him in a sign-and-trade for someone else who wants to play with Lebron. Think guys in the 17+ million dollar range.

  • JD

    I agree that Jeremy Sowers not being able to pitch is great news!

  • JM

    Mel Kiper better be afraid. After all now he has to split time on ESPN with Todd McShay. Be afraid Mel be very afraid!