Stoudemire on Wiz Rumors: "I Love D.C."
Wizards fans, as fans are wont to do, have created all sort of scenarios that result in their team acquiring Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and seven future first-round picks for the rights to Mike James and Gilbert's collection of signed jerseys. Beat writer Michael Lee has, repeatedly, doused those dreams with cold Vitamin Water, as he did here:
There is a lot of chatter here and elsewhere about the Wizards trading their top five pick to acquire an established all-star veteran like Stoudemire and/or Bosh. That is not happening. The Wizards would have to surrender the pick and at least one of their three all-stars in any package for a player of that caliber (expiring contracts are not going to cut it). And that still might not be enough.Still, fans can dream, and so when the Suns' big man was on with the Junkies this morning during a visit to D.C., they asked him about the rumors (specifically proposing Antawn Jamison and the No. 5 pick for Amare).
"Um, I love D.C., quote, end quote," he said, eliciting oohs and ahhs and a follow-up question about how he sounded interested by this prospect. His answer?
"I love D.C, quote, end quote," he repeated. (Listen here)
"I'm going into my eighth year in the NBA, and it's time for a championship," he said moments later. Joking aside, he was asked how far away the Wiz were from contending for one of them trophy things.
"You might just be a No. 1 jersey away," he said. Well, that ought to calm down those fans and their wacky dreams. (Listen here)
By the time you remember the New York Daily News report that the Wiz "would strongly considering adding [Stephon] Marbury to the roster if there is a vacancy," we're just a few months away from having a veritable all-star team in D.C. Heck, Bosh, you're still invited too.
(That last bit via Bullets Forever.)
(Oh yeah, Ty Lawson wants in on D.C. too. Sorry, boys, the inn is getting pretty full.)
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