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("It's a dream come true, you know what I mean,'' Stoudemire said when introduced at a news conference on Thursday. "I finally have the chance to support my family. Growing up wasn't the easiest task for me, but I stuck with it.'') Stoudemire has been on his own, more or less, since his mid-teens. He was 12 when his father died in his sleep. His older brother Hazell Jr. is in a New York prison on drug and sexual abuse convictions. His mother has had numerous arrests for various offenses, usually theft or drugs. Yet when the Suns did a background check on Stoudemire, they found a young man with immense raw talent, a great work ethic and a strong desire to succeed.
He was, as Suns owner Jerry Colangelo said, "clean as a whistle.''
"It was never involving him. It was always around him. It was his circle, more than anything,'' Suns coach Frank Johnson said.
("I just kept my faith in God,'' he said. "I pray every night before I lay my head on the pillow, and He got me in the right direction.'')
Stoudemire wants to bring his mother Carrie and 14-year-old brother Marwan with him to live in Phoenix. She is doing well, he said.
"Right now she's real emotional,'' he said.
("Education is very important,'' Stoudemire said. "So I was very close to going to college, but it was a matter of me supporting my family. I had to support my family. That's why I made the jump.'')
Stoudemire seems responsible far beyond his years.
("I think I'm the backbone of the family right now,'' he said. "I'm the only guy in the family that's doing positive stuff right now, so I'm trying to support my family a lot.'')
Isn't that a lot to expect from a 19-year-old?
("Yeah,'' he said, "but I can handle it. I've got broad shoulders.'')
That's for sure. Stoudemire is a rock-solid 6-foot-10 and 243 pounds. He plays above the rim, strong and physical.
("I don't get intimidated,'' he said, "No way.'')
His favorite player is Shaquille O'Neal.
("I won't be intimidated by him,'' Stoudemire said of the day when he and O'Neal are on the court together. "I'll just be enjoying my time.'')
Stoudemire's natural ability and attitude are about all that he has going for him on the court, though.
("I really haven't had a coach that really knew the game,'' he said. "I just had a coach that scouted talent, who just had a team full of great players.'')
Stoudemire vows to work hard on his offensive game, and is hungry for coaching. He will be at the team's rookie and free agent camp that starts on Friday.
Stoudemire has gotten to know Dee Brown, who is coaching the WNBA's Orlando Miracle, and hired Brown's agent John Wolf.
("He didn't need anything from me,'' Stoudemire said of Brown, "and he's been there.'')
Stoudemire also got advice from the Suns' Penny Hardaway a couple of years ago about the importance of staying focused on a goal and getting an education. Stoudemire says he plans to go to college during the off-season.
All along the way, there have been distractions, obstacles and temptations.
Since he was in the ninth or 10th grade, he said, he's had to deal with hangers-on, people wanting to use him or guide him in the wrong direction.
So how has he emerged so serious and so levelheaded?
("Man, I don't know,'' Stoudemire said. "That's just the way God made me.'')

I have never meet Stoudemire but if he is what he sounds like in these quotes he will be a great player. And I love the fact that he said out front that he is taking care of his familiy, that will provide needed motivation for him throughout his NBA career. It will keep him working hard.
And damn the some of the high school players than jumper to the NBA are well rounded, KG is awesome person, Tracy, Kobe is alittle less than them but is very confident and that helped him in the NBA. Plus Curry, Chandler, and Brown seemed to be real level headed to, that is a great sign for the NBA.

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"Growing up wasn't the easiest task for me, but I stuck with it."

Yeah, not many guys stop growing at 11. It kind of comes naturally.

Seriously, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is doing some good for his family. Being a family man myself, I can empathize with him somewhat. You've gotta look after your family.

I wish him all the luck in the world and hope he succeeds

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It's gonna be tough for him. Everything he says makes it seem like he is doing the right thing. He does have a good head on his shoulders, you are right SBT, but now this is where he has to look out for himself...nobody will be holding his hand, he pretty much did everything to the best he could...and i do hope he succeeds
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