Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Updated: July 13, 3:02 AM ET
Amare Stoudemire headed overseas?
By Greg Newman
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Reversing a pronouncement he made over the weekend, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire said Tuesday he is not ruling out the possibility that he could follow Deron Williams' example and sign to play elsewhere during the NBA lockout.
"It's not a definite thing that I'm not going to sign overseas," Stoudemire said during ESPN Radio's Scott Van Pelt Show.
When asked about Kobe Bryant's potential China tour and other possibilities that have been floated recently, Stoudemire called them "all phenomenal ideas" that he "would definitely entertain."
"It's not really about scaring the owners," Stoudemire added.
But just three days earlier, he tweeted reassurance to Knicks fans: "Europe teams are calling, I think I'm going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK's. Who's with me?"
Stoudemire later went on Sportscenter on Tuesday night and said that he thinks that playing in Europe is a "great opportunity" for NBA players and said if his back wasn't injured he would consider going overseas.
Greg Newman is a special contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.