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A year after missing the playoffs, Phoenix beat Portland and San Antonio to advance to the Western Conference finals against the Lakers
Dan Patrick: How are you feeling?
Steve Kerr: A lot better than I was last year at this time.
DP: How close were you to trading [potential free agent] Amar'e Stoudemire to Cleveland at the deadline?
SK: Not very close. That's probably the hardest thing with the job these days: You can't have a single conversation without everything getting out there, so your business is on the Internet within minutes of a discussion. We had conversations with a lot of teams, but we never really came close to doing anything.
DP: Can you afford to re-sign Stoudemire?
SK: We can afford it. We'll spend money, that's not the question. We've got to make sure we spend it the right way. Hopefully we can get something done with Amar'e. That's the plan.