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Stoudemire hopes for labor deal… or new players league

Oct 12, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

Amare Stoudemire

Someone out there is still hopeful. Amar’e Stoudemire is hopeful.

But if that hope is misplaced he has another idea.

Amar’e Stoudemire was making the rounds of the ESPN campus on Tuesday to pimp his new shoes, but all anyone wanted to talk about was how he couldn’t wear those shoes on a court right now. And will not be able to for a while.

Stoudemire is more optimistic than most of us right now (video).

“I think we’re pretty far apart, but the most important part is that we’re trying to work to get something done,” Stoudemire said while making appearances on “SportsCenter” and “ESPN First Take” at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters to promote his new sneaker, the Nike Air Max Sweep Thru. “There are so many jobs at stake; their livelihoods are on the line. We’ll get a deal done eventually.”

But if that doesn’t really pan out, Stoudemire is down with the players forming their own league.

“If we don’t go to Europe, then let’s start our own league; that’s how I see it,” the 6-foot-11 forward/center said.

Stoudemire was asked to gauge “how serious” the idea is being considered.

“It’s very, very serious. It’s just a matter of us strategically coming up with a plan, a blueprint and putting it together,” he said. “So we’ll see how this lockout goes. If it goes one or two years, then we’ve got to start our own league.

If the summer tour of charity and pro-am games has showed us anything, it’s that the NBA’s ability to organize and promote shouldn’t be underestimated. Glitches marred pretty much every game. To the point that when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were asked about a players league last weekend, they laughed it off.

Let’s just hope Stoudemire’s optimism isn’t misplaced.

  1. sguy2130 - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Good luck setting up that players only league. I’m sure you guys can pack a ton of fans in high school/college arenas that you rent out, and the players are all 100% business savy. I’m sure you will easily bring in enough money to provide for your multimillion dollar salaries.

    Just ask Vince McMahon how easy it is to launch your own new league.

    Yes, I’m sure that “It’s very, very serious” that you guys plan to start your own league because the players are very very stupid to even comptemplate such an idea. I hope they aren’t all as dumb as you Amare.

  2. slowclyde86 - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    “If the summer tour of charity and pro-am games has showed us anything, it’s that the NBA’s ability to organize and promote shouldn’t be underestimated. Glitches marred pretty much every game. ” Shouldn’t that read “…overestimated”, with all those glitches you mention? But that, well, would be an actual criticism of the players, no?

    • hail2tharedskins - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Read it again. He is saying that after seeing how poor of a job the players did organizing and promoting their own exhibition games, you shouldn’t underestimate the NBA’s ability to do so. In other words people take for granted that organizing, promoting, and marketing the game is a simple task because the NBA does it so well the effort in doing so is often underestimated.

      I have said numerous times on here, that a players’ league is not a realistic option for many reasons – this is just one reason and not even the main reason.

  3. ogre2010 - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I would love to see how these guys try and share a league when they can barely work together on the same team

  4. thetooloftools - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Well, looking at the scores of these “games” they are playing now, they may as well never give out a “defensive players of the _____” award because they are playing none.

  5. goforthanddie - Oct 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    He has no clue what would be involved. Hell, they’d have to write the rule book from scratch. But go for it dude, I’d love to see the clusterfsck you come up with.

  6. jimeejohnson - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    It’s a good thing that guy who invented warp drive did not think a totally unbelievable idea like the players having their own league is impossible. Warp drive: exactly like a players league!

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