SN: Not really, no. It's a sensitive subject, so we don't bring it up. We try to move on and not listen to all that stuff, because it is speculation.
Why would the team shop Amar'e?
SN: I guess we're trying to save money. I think him wanting a max contract is something our ownership is having a hard time with, so I think that's what's sparked most of the trade talk.
If I made you the G.M., would you get rid of Stoudemire's contract?
SN: If it's truly a basketball decision, I love Amar'e. I think he's a terrific player. He's an All-Star. So we wouldn't want to lose him. But I don't think it's just basketball we're talking about.
Do you talk to [Suns G.M.] Steve Kerr about any moves? Are you consulted?
SN: I talk to Steve on occasion about the team but never about trade talks. That's not really the way we do it with the Suns. And I'm O.K. with that. If there's an opportunity to come talk to me, I'm all ears. But at the same time, I don't need to get involved.
Timberwolves point guard Jonny Flynn's team is struggling (13--44 through Sunday), but the rookie from Syracuse is having a solid season (13.8 points, 4.3 assists per game). That doesn't mean he's escaped being hazed. When I asked him who the worst offender was, Flynn was quick to respond: "Kevin Garnett. If you just walk past him the wrong way, [he'll say], 'Why you walkin' so close to me, rook?' That's the way he stays in the game and gets under people's skin."