Amar’e Stoudemire fits in New York. His personality, his confidence in his game, his global awareness, his style, the whole package, it just vibes with New York City and he provides them with the kind of star they’ve been looking for the past decade. In July, he put his name on the dotted line. Today he put his stamp on Times Square.
The Knicks unveiled Amar’es giant billboard in Times Square today as he toured the epicenter with an AAU team. Amar’e talked with NBC New York about playing for the Knicks, the pressure of the big city, and how he’d feel about Melo joining him.
It’s not that Phoenix was a bad fit for him. It wasn’t, and his time there was obviously valuable to him, as evidenced by his efforts to re-sign with the Suns. But Stoudemire has often portrayed himself as a cultural entity and a player befit of the biggest stage. Now that he’s in New York, it makes even more sense.
Of course, all of this ignores the fact that the hard part is next, winning games with Raymond Felton and Anthony Randolph instead of Steve Nash and Jason Richardson.
The Spurs beat the Mavericks by 26 points on Friday night, a game all of the Dallas players would love to forget. But there was a funny moment for rookie big man Salah Mejri: after a dunk, he appeared to yell something at the San Antonio bench. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan were completely nonplussed.
For what it’s worth, Mejri later tweeted that he wasn’t intending to be disrespectful.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.