Hall of Fame Rumors
Amar’e Stoudemire is hopeful that his basketball resume will help him realize his dream of being named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame one day, although the 33-year-old has no plan of retiring anytime soon. “I’m actually very proud of my career. In my career, I’ve had some ups and downs,” Stoudemire said. “But I’m thankful that what I put into this game helped me achieve what I was able to accomplish. Hopefully, that gives me a bid into the Hall of Fame. That was my goal as a teenager, was to become a Hall of Famer. That’s what I’m still striving for.”
What’s your sales pitch for the Hall of Fame? Amare Stoudemire: Probably resilience. When I was drafted, there were no [power forwards] or [centers] that were playing the way I played. Steve Nash and myself kind of transcended the game of basketball. That was a turning point in the NBA. The NBA now has to adapt to that kind of [up-tempo] play. It was a phenomenon in Phoenix for us to play that type of offense. For what I did at the [power forward] and [center] position, I transcended that position.
The NBA legend fired back at Horry Tuesday night … after Big Shot Bob clowned Tracy on ESPN’s “The Jump” when he told T-Mac he couldn’t borrow a championship ring because “you gotta earn it.” “Did he burn me?” McGrady told TMZ Sports … “Listen man, it was a joke.” “I can understand how people take things but I’ll say this … anybody can be a champion, everybody can’t be a Hall of Famer.”