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Posts Tagged ‘Amare Stoudemire’

Dwyane Wade and the NBA Goggle Club

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The Exclusive NBA Goggle Club

The Goggle Club in the NBA is a very exclusive collection. Only a few choice individuals have the opportunity for election into this group, but they recently enshrined a new member, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. (Granted it was just a temporary selection because of his migraines, but he’s a member nonetheless) In honor of his selection, here is a quick rundown of my favorite goggles in the NBA.

Kurt Rambis
Rambis, the Godfather of Goggles, was a key member of 4 Los Angeles Lakers championship teams during the 80s. He even earned the nickname “Superman” from the Lakers’ announcers because of his Clark Kent like appearance. His all-out effort won over fans and players alike, and his work ethic and basketball knowledge led to his being named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, official team of NUMB#RS cologne, and potential All-Star Kevin Love.

Rambis makes this list over fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar because Rambis wins the acting tie-breaker, though Kareem in Airplane was pretty good.

NBA Goggle Club members after the jump >>

Is Amar’e An Improvement?

Amar'e Stoudemire

The New York Knicks made the second major move of the NBA Free Agency season by signing ex-Phoenix Suns power forward to a five-year contract worth close to $100 million. The move creates a number of questions, including the concept of “is the signing really an improvement over David Lee?” Others include: Who is going to pass Amar’e the ball? In Phoenix, he had Steve Nash essentially making him the offensive player he is today with deft passes that gave Stoudemire the opportunity to attack the rim. Where are these passes going to come from now that Amar’e is with the Knicks?

As of today, the only point guard on the Knicks roster, thanks to Chris Duhon’s signing with the Orlando Magic, is Eddie House. While House is an amazing shooter, that’s about all he brings to the table for an NBA team. He’s not a player who will make others around him better with nifty passes out of the pick and roll.

Without a point guard, the Knicks plan for replacing the dirty-work-doing David Lee is with a player who needs others passing him the ball to be an effective scorer; one that doesn’t rebound as effectively as Lee either. If the Knicks don’t sign a point guard of note — think Raymond Felton, perhaps — then they just paid a whole lot of money for an incomplete player who needs a set-up player to make him the offensive threat he was in Phoenix.

So far, the Knicks are very much a work in progress. As for Amar’e being more effective than the apparently-outgoing David Lee, thoughts aren’t clear here, either:

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Payback’s a Bitch in the NBA

What we have here is Amar’e Stoudemire’s filthy dunk over Portland’s Dante Cunningham. Stoudemire’s dunk was so nasty, it caused Jalen Rose to use words like “best dunk of the year” among others. Normally, when such a dunk is delivered, it makes the SportsCenter rounds, followed by a day’s worth of buzz from the sports blogosphere. Rarely is it met with an even nastier response, especially when said response happens in the same game.

Unfortunately for Amar’e, Dante Cunningham apparently missed that particular memo.

Not only did Cunningham pay Stoudemire back with a vicious dunk of his own, the Trail Blazers also beat the Suns, ending their five-game winning streak. So while Amar’e's dunk cannot be denied, Cunningham got the last, and loudest laugh, because not only did he return the dunk favor, his team got the win.

Amar’e and David: The Baby Powder Chapter

With the All Star vote pretty much in-hand, these David Spade/Amar’e Stoudemire videos did what they were supposed to do — that is, remind the voting public that Amar’e is, in fact, All Star material. I’m saddened to say, however, that this post features the last of the Spade/Stoudemire tour-de-force, but before they leave us, Team Amar’e takes a look at one of the sillier trends going around in the the NBA:

The throwing of baby powder.

That’s right, LeBron. Hide your puppets because your excessive use of talcum is being called out. Granted, I’m the one doing the calling, not the video, but nevertheless, the point remains: If not for James and his “I’ll shower the entire lower arena with baby powder” actions, is this the way the Vote4Amar’e videos would’ve ended? Of course not. Personally, I’d respect James’ baby powder histrionics a little more if he followed Spade’s advice and threw powder all over an opponent, while talking trash directly to their face.

Thankfully, Amar’e and Dave are here to show us how it needs to be done.

Don’t forget to vote for your NBA All Star selections if you haven’t already done so. But please, and I can’t stress this enough, please stop voting for Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.


While we don’t know exactly what McGrady’s status is, unless “seeking a trade” is a viable option, he and Yao have no business even being on the All Star voting roster. Sure, you can’t stop people from writing their names in, but you certainly can ignore the ballots that do. Instead, cast your vote for someone who actually deserves — in other words, an active player.

If you are confused about which one to pick, just watch the Vote4Amar’e videos again.

Amar’e Stoudemire Enlists the Help of David Spade

The NBA All Star voting period is in full bloom right now and Phoenix Sun Amar’e Stoudemire hired some help to make sure you know who to vote for when it comes time to cast your ballot. Channeling the Chris Bosh method of using viral marketing, Stoudemire has teamed up with David Spade, who “coaches” Amar’e on the finer points of getting All-Star votes. In their first video, Spade is trying to teach Stoudemire about flopping. Things are going well until Spade gets poked in the chest and his entire body collapses from the strength of Amar’e's hands.

For what it’s worth, while these kinds of videos are all in good fun, I don’t think Stoudemire needs the help. He’s currently the leading vote-getter for Western Conference centers.

Learn more about Stoudemire’s work at

NBA Trades End With A Fizzle

Larry Hughes

No offense to Larry Hughes, but when he’s the biggest name of the NBA’s trading deadline day, all of that potential pomp and circumstance has officially ended not with a bang, but with an almost impotent fizzle. Oh, there was plenty of talk. Names like Amare Stoudemire, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter and Shaq were tossed around, but nothing of note materialized from all of that hot air.

Some teams tried to make deals, but failed because of failed physicals. Others swapped secondary parts as names like the pictured Larry Hughes, Andres Nocioni, Tim Thomas, Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O’Neal changed teams, but there weren’t any “AI to Denver” blockbusters to discuss.

Instead, we are left with this, courtesy of

NBA Trade details after the jump >>

That’s Amare

Amare Stoudemire

While the Suns were beating the Pacers last night, Amare Stoudemire decided he’d dunk on Greg Foster’s face and land on top of him in the process. The dunk was just one basket in many for Stoudemire, but it might have been his most memorable.

What Amare wasn’t ready for was the Diesel-like response of Travis Diener.

Video after the jump >>

Shaq Still Looks Pretty Useful


It was a productive night for Phoenix’s big daddy last night, and it’s starting to look like a trend for the Diesel. Granted, the Suns’ season is only four games old, but so far, everything looks pretty good on the Shaquille O’Neal front. Last night, O’Neal helped the Suns win in New Jersey by scoring 18 points and grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. If you are looking for a negative, O’Neal did turn the ball over five times, but I think the fact he only missed two shots the entire night — including a 4-5 outing at the free throw line — gives him a pass on the turnovers.

Not only did the Diesel pace his team to their third win, he also got awarded Dunk of the Night and Block of the Night from last night’s game.

More Shaq after the jump >>