Which means he was like most young people today — in a digital, video-game world getting children to read regularly is not an easy thing. Especially when those kids don’t relate to the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or the other books out there.
Stoudemire wanted to reach those kids and he now has written three books aimed at middle-school students. The books, such as “STAT: Home Court” are semi-autobiographical and have stories of basketball games on the blacktop. Things middle school boys can relate to but don’t often get to read about.
Stoudemire sat down and talked with NBC News about the books and his goals for them. It’s good stuff, it’s more important stuff than basketball. Hopefully as the Knicks move into the playoffs and Stoudemire is back in the limelight that will give the books a little boost of recognition.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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