Amar’e Stoudemire Leaves Nets, Criticizes Kyrie Irving on ESPN Shows

Amar’e Stoudemire Leaves Nets, Criticizes Kyrie Irving on ESPN Shows

In two appearances on ESPN on Thursday morning, Amar’e Stoudemire announced he has left the Nets, where he served as a player development assistant last season, and said in a jab at Kyrie Irving that the superstar’s absence — the result of his Refusal to be vaccinated – it has been harmful to the networks and above all to their chemistry.

Although Stoudemire passed on his announcement – which caught some in the organization off guard Stand up With Mike Greenberg, he made his most critical comments about Irving and his impact on team chemistry earlier in conversation with Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams First take.

Here’s Stoudemire answering Stephen A’s question on whether Irving’s absence is hurting the nets…

“Yes, I think it hurt us. It definitely hurt us because we weren’t consistent enough with Kyrie to build chemistry with the group and the team,” he told Smith, describing how his play as a part-time player between January and March made things particularly difficult.

“He only plays away games depending on what city it is…can’t play in New York…so we had different lineups depending on the game schedule, different matchups. So it was difficult for us coaches to figure out who will play despite Kyrie. So it was difficult for us to deal with that, so yeah, it was part of that.”

Overall, Irving played in 29 games, including just six at home, while the Nets used 43 different starting lineups in 82 games. When asked by Williams about the chemistry between Irving and James Harden ahead of the trade deadline blockbuster, the 10-time All-NBA player simply reiterated that Irving’s absence hurt the “whole group.”

“I’m not sure if it hurt between James Harden and his teammates,” he told Williams and Smith. “Obviously we couldn’t build all the chemistry with the whole group, with those three guys, to have James, Kev and Kyrie play at the same time. We didn’t have much playing experience with these three guys on the pitch. So I can’t really comment on these three guys together, but it didn’t help.”

Stoudemire objected to Stephen A’s comment that Irving and coach Steve Nash, his longtime Suns teammate, could not coexist in the Nets.

“I don’t agree with that. I think Steve and Kyrie can both figure it out,” he told Smith. “I think Kyrie needs to devote himself to the game of basketball. about how committed he is to being a great player because I think Kyrie should have been on the top 75 list. But at the same time you have to take that as a motivation to go into the next season and prove to yourself that you’re a top player and do that consistently throughout the season. “

on Stand up, after announcing, “I have made the decision not to return to the Nets for next season,” Stoudemire first praised Sean Marks for his comments at the season-ending press conference, and then suggested how the Nets are resolving issues with Irving could – and by extending it with his best friend Durant. He called for a “sitdown” between Marks on the one hand and his two superstars on the other, as well as contract language that would give the Nets other options should Irving miss games next season. With no such commitments, Stoudemire questioned whether the Nets should bring Irving back…

“I think Sean Marks is doing a great job trying to put power back into his hands and making sure he’s in control of the situation,” he told Greenberg and Jalen Rose.

“But I think with Kevin and Ky he’s going to have a real break,” Stoudemire said of the Nets GM, “because Ky has missed more games than he’s played since he came to the Nets. So I think you’re having a conversation: Two of your star players sit down in a room and they’re like, ‘Kyrie, what’s your goal? You want to be the best player in the game? Do you want to achieve more in this league? What are your goals for the future?’

“And if they both understand, ‘hey, we want to make this thing special, want to win a league,’ and he commits to playing in those games, then I think you’ll bring him back.”

Regarding the language of the contract at any renewal, Stoudemire said he believes something needs to be done contractually, not just verbally. Otherwise, he said Irving could “quit” and the Nets had no way of holding him accountable.

“Also I think what needs to happen is negotiations with Kyrie, you have to put those talks in the contract.

“You can say you’re available and ready to play next season, but are you actually going to do that or are you going to forgo it and not play and if that’s the case you’d have that situation where he says that he’s going to be available but he’s not, what do we do now? So now you have to put that in writing in the contract, try to find a way to put the writing in the contract where these things happen when he’s not playing,” he told Greenberg.

He and Rose admitted that such language would be difficult for Irving – or any player – to accept, and in fact it is exceedingly rare, all three agreed.

“It’s difficult. It’s a tough deal but because of the chemistry because of the situation with Kyrie now, not playing in all these games and missing all these games, you have to find a way to try and make that work bring,” he called.

Despite this, Stoudemire said that if everything goes right, the Nets still have the wherewithal to win it all, but he made the caveat that it’s all about Kyrie’s commitment.

“I think so, I really think so,” he said of the Nets opportunity next season. “If Kyrie comes back and plays like he did this season and has a full season with a training camp and a full year under his belt, then they have a chance to build the chemistry to win a championship.”

This is the second time in two days that someone in the organization has publicly criticized Irving in an unprecedented manner. Marks made it clear yesterday what he wants from the three-time All-NBA player.

“I think we know what we’re looking for,” said Marks, who sat with Nash in the press office at the HSS Training Center. “We’re looking for people who want to come in here and want to be a part of something bigger, play selflessly, play team basketball and be available. Not just for Kyrie, but for everyone here.”

Stoudemire played with Nash from 2002 to 2010 and Nash recruited him last year to mainly work with big men. Stoudemire recently praised the work Nash has done this season and hinted he has been dealing with all sorts of issues both on and off the pitch.

Irving wasn’t the only member of this year’s team to criticize Stoudemire. He also slammed James Harden.

Stoudemire said Harden isn’t “in great shape”, “don’t take his body seriously” and “can’t focus on that in the offseason and prepare in training camp and through the season and get through this point.” And I don’t think that happened to him this past off-season and this season.”

Additionally, Stoudemire said that if he were the owner of the 76ers, he would be very cautious about giving Harden a maximum contract, which in his case means a five-year, $259 million contract with a salary in excess of $61 million would be the last year he would be 37.

“I can’t commit to that if I’m the owner of the Sixers,” Stoudemire added. “I just don’t see the dedication I need to see from a top 75 player. You need to have a certain level of dedication and focus to be the best player you can be and also to be there for your teammates when they need you most.

“In Game 6 you’re going to need him to play at a high level and if he’s not capable of that, and as a max player, I’m not willing to give you a max contract now if you don’t show me can handle this situation.”

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