You go to New York for the opportunities.
That’s’ why Amar’e Stoudemire signed there. Well, that and the $99 million. But also the opportunities — like the opportunity to be seen as the savior who helped turn around a struggling franchise in a basketball-crazy city.
Or the opportunity to branch out into the world of fashion.
Which is exactly what Stoudemire will be doing with a new Web site he will help launch, according to the New York Post.
The Knicks’ 6’10” power forward has struck a deal to launch his own Web site at Big Lead Sports.com, The Post has learned. The 28-year-old all-star will focus his site on sports and fashion.
Stoudemire is expected to provide exclusive content for Big Lead, which was formed as a sports blog nearly five years ago, in exchange for a revenue-sharing agreement and small equity stake in the company.
Big Lead Sports is anchored as a network by the popular The Big Lead blot but also has sites like the fantastic Hoopshype.
Stoudemire’s new site also will have an educational component, using things like fantasy basketball to help teach math. Word problems like: If Amar’e was taking 20 shots a game, then Carmelo Anthony came along and took away half of Amar’e shots, how many would he have left?
After only one season, the Heat gave up on former first-rounder Shabazz Napier – sending him to the Magic in a salary dump.
Napier got some revenge by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in Orlando’s 100-97 win over Miami.
It’s only the preseason, but Napier had to feel great about that shot.
Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.
New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.
Ian Mohr of the New York Post:
Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.
Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.
“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.
If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.
In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.
Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.
Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:
When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.
I suggest reading it in full.