Stoudemire stubborn about defense

Suns need a presence from him, but so far he seems more interested in scoring

Updated: May 20, 2010, 9:52 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The focus, the glare is all on him. Which he's embracing, not ducking. Maybe even enjoying a little bit after his unfortunate choice of a normally fortunate word to describe the contributions of Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

You see, in his seven years in the NBA, Amare Stoudemire has always been someone's running mate, never the lead dog. His name seems to be dangled as trade bait every February as a piece to be added to a contender, not a building block.

And you ...

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