Get this, Phoenix…Amaré Stoudemire is maturing on the court and off. And the media is taking notice.
Over the past several years, Phoenix fans have had to deal with Stoudemire’s interviews about getting out of Phoenix, his careless attitude about defense and ballooning ego. But, in the weeks since the trade deadline – when Phoenix decided against trading him – he has been humble, polite and is even playing defense.
And, people are coming to his defense. I sat with an Phoenix Suns insider and listened intently as he reminded me that Stoudemire has never been arrested for a DUI or other favorite celebrity offense, has overcome a horribly scary childhood and has spent late nights trying to improve for the fans in the Valley of the Sun – his only real “home.”
His new and improved image is scoring rave reviews from critics. Well, consider me back in Stoudemire’s camp, too. I am jumping on this re-branded Stoudemire bandwagon and hope the media relations team at the Suns continues the positive press. Well done.