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Stoudemire pins lockout on his former boss

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08:12 AM ET 10.18 | Amar'e Stoudemire has a target. [Stoudemire] believes he knows where to place the blame for the NBA's aggressive stance against the players' union: the owner of his former team, the Phoenix Suns. "[Robert] Sarver, for sure," Stoudemire said. "He's probably the main guy that's pushing for this lockout." NBA commissioner David Stern , however, told Newsday that Stoudemire's accusation is "contrary to every fact." Added Stern, "And I've been in every bargaining session and every internal meeting. Nothing could be further from the truth, and although I've seen it written, including what this newspaper is about to do, I've never seen any reliable source that could possibly confirm it, because there is no source."

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October 18, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Stern is no idiot. Lock his owners up, keep them quiet, and sit back and watch the players union go nuts trying to keep 400+ players from saying stupid stuff. They'll never keep them in line and there are too many uneducated(not stupid, uneducated) players out there with accesss to a microphone or keyboard.

October 18, 2011  08:53 AM ET

David Stern is the greatest Dictator in sports history....Amare I dont think I have heard you say anything of substance since the lockout started..."Lets start our own league" and now its one owner holding up everything....Get out of here.

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October 18, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Stern is no idiot. Lock his owners up, keep them quiet, and sit back and watch the players union go nuts trying to keep 400+ players from saying stupid stuff. They'll never keep them in line and there are too many uneducated(not stupid, uneducated) players out there with accesss to a microphone or keyboard.

Someone needs to shut tweeter down and remove all microphones....

October 18, 2011  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stern is no idiot. Lock his owners up, keep them quiet, and sit back and watch the players union go nuts trying to keep 400+ players from saying stupid stuff. They'll never keep them in line and there are too many uneducated(not stupid, uneducated) players out there with accesss to a microphone or keyboard.

Absolutely right. It's not that the players are stupid... but they most definitely have NO concept of art of negotiations. They need to leave the union negotiating team alone to do their job.

They don't seem to realize that there are times when they really need to keep their mouths shut and their minds open.

October 18, 2011  09:02 AM ET

He should place blame on hisself and and the other players. It's not they owners fault that they want their business to be profitable.

October 18, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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Someone needs to shut tweeter down and remove all microphones....

heck no. They should shove more mics to them!

October 18, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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This is the United States. We all have the right to say what's on our minds. Hell, that's why so many of us come here to Fannation isn't it? And just because you or I may not agree with a certain point of you, it doesn't necessarily make the person expressing it stupid or uneducated. Amare is saying this because he believes it to be the case for whatever reason. One thing is certain. He knows Robert Sarver far better than any of us. So who are we to dismiss him?

They all have the right to say whatever they feel. That's not necessarily a good thing though. These guys are getting out there with their paranoia. Now it's lets play conspiracy time for them? They are playing right into the owners hand making ridiculous and overblown accusations like this.

They are losing the PR fight every bit as badly as they are the negations.

October 18, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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He should place blame on hisself and and the other players. It's not they owners fault that they want their business to be profitable.

Ok so if you own a team and you know you have this amount of revenue coming in but you still decide to give X player more money than he is worth and then sign 2 more players for over value and now you have a bunch of nothing players on your roster....how is that wanting to be profitable....Yeah they may want to make a profit but they sure go about it the wrong way.

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October 18, 2011  09:25 AM ET

It's common knowledge that Sarver is cheap, but it's doubtful that he could influence the negotiaitions to this extent. Stoudemire is more likely pissed because Sarver refused to give him the max contract he was seeking.

October 18, 2011  09:32 AM ET
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Yup. Have the sense to know what you don't know.

That's exactly how I feel. The players need to realize that this is a game they are not trained for and everytime they step in front of a mic or keyboard they are part of the negotation. These owners are the elite of business men, the equal of a max deal player in basketball. It's just not an area most of the players are trained or educated for, they never needed to be. It just seems to be in their best interest to keep quiet and allow the folks they have who are trained for this do their work.

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October 18, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Better To Keep Your mouth Closed And Be Thought A Fool Than To Open It And Remove All Doubt, Bro.

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October 18, 2011  09:48 AM ET

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH STOUDEMIRE... SARVER IS A MORON!

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