Burns: Suns fans change tune on Amar'e
As the old saying goes.....hindsight is 20/20. Remarkably some Suns fans can do even better than that.
Some can actually look back in time and not only see things perfectly; they can see things that were never actually there to begin with.
Amar'e Stoudemire made his triumphant return to Phoenix on Friday night and in many ways the stat line on the floor was just as good as the quote line after the game. A 121-96 Knicks blowout in which Stoudemire scored 23 points, 19 in the first half and delivered this gem afterwards: "I had one objective and that was to dominate."
Yeah, no kidding.
The return put many Suns fans in a nostalgic mood, eager to go back in time and replay the events that led to Stoudemires' departure. But in reading some of the texts and tweets, posts and emails, the wave of revisionist history is predictable and funny.
Where was all this outrage six months ago when the Suns decided not to keep him in the first place? Citing the garden variety of reasons (health, effort), I would say the vast majority of Suns fans I heard from were perfectly fine with him leaving. It was understood and accepted with very little resistance.
But since then, the Suns spent the money they didn't spend on Amar'e on a bunch of guys who bear no resemblance whatsoever to Stoudemire. Amar'e and the Knicks are playing well, the Suns aren't, and now…the rewrite is on. Power up the flux capacitor, travel through time and decide it was a bad move.
Again…predictable and funny.
I especially laugh at the few fans that have gone to the extreme of accusing the Suns of breaking up a "championship" team.
Huh? I've been following the Suns my whole life and I don't recall one of those. I recall a team last year that was tied 2-2 with the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. But did anyone honestly believe that team was good enough to beat the Lakers then? Good enough to beat them now? Good enough, had they kept Amar'e, to compete for an NBA championship this year against the likes of L.A., the Celtics, the Magic or the Heat?
Clearly, the Suns would be a better team with Amar'e than without. They would win more games, have more fun, and be easier on the eye than they are now. I'd be a fool to argue otherwise. But if Amar'e were here right now, the Suns would be what they have always been: Good but not quite good enough.
Rewrite the history books ‘til you run out ink, you'll never convince me otherwise.