Posts Tagged ‘Amar’e Stoudemire’

Stat, Tyson play bully ball in Oakland

Coaches are fond of telling their team that whoever plays with the most physicality will win nine out of 10 times. The Pistons of the late 1980s took that to heart and it led to a dynasty and adulation many years later.

It didn’t work as well for the early to mid-90s New York Knicks, who boasted a trio of imposing bruisers — Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason — but couldn’t get out the East. Throughout the years, plenty of teams followed the rough and tumble blueprint. While it doesn’t always result in a championship, a physical brand of basketball does make things competitive…which is ultimately what we want to see.

Sunday night at ORACLE Arena, the (current) Knicks discovered what a bit of nasty could do. First Tyson Chandler got demonstrative on Jermaine O’Neal, capped off by a searing stare-down:


VIDEO: Tyson Chandler sends Jermaine O’Neal to the ground, then scowls at him

Then a quarter later, Amar’e Stoudemire did exactly what a 6-foot-10 person is supposed to do when a 6-foot-3 person is in his way under the rim:


VIDEO: Amar’e Stoudemire snatches board from Stephen Curry and throws down

Gotta love how Stephen Curry just helped himself to his feet, wiped his mouth off with his jersey and trotted up the court. As fierce as any competitor in the NBA, he dropped a cool 32 points and single-handedly almost led Golden State to a dub. But for another night at least, the bullies captured the flag.

Big Weekend For The Mutombo Finger Wag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I grew up in Atlanta during the ’90s, a time that coincided with the run of Dikembe Mutombo as an Atlanta Hawk. Mutombo never really developed a dominant offensive post game, he was terrific on defense. He got dunked on from time to time, yes, but that was because he tried to block any shot that came near the rim. And when he did get his hands on a shot attempt, Mutombo generally turned that shot around pretty quickly. And then came the crowning glory: The Finger Wag.

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It was such a prevalent maneuver that my friends and I started using it in traffic to express our displeasure with other drivers. It was cheeky, but ultimately non-threatening. Also, it was awesome.

Even though Mutombo retired a few seasons ago, the finger wag remains relevant. Just yesterday, for instance we got two displays of the Mutombo finger wag. First Amar’e Stoudemire delivered one after blocking Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson

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And then we saw one from the stands, as Joakim Noah‘s dad, Yannick, dropped one following a block from Joakim that caused a Miami 24-second violation…

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Mutombo may be gone. The finger wag will never die.

Don’t Sleep Around JR Smith

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a rather eventful season for Knicks guard J.R. Smith, a designation that has pretty much nothing to do with his play on the court. If anything, we’ve learned that if you’re not on your toes, J.R. might untie your shoes, or pull your headband down over your eyes. And if you fall asleep around J.R., like a bunch of the Knicks players did yesterday on the team plane, leaving J.R. with nothing else to do, he might post photos of your sleeping on Instagram.

To wit, Iman Shumpert (wearing leather pants) and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tyson Chandler and Amaré Stoudemire (with the hat on)

New Knicks Shannon Brown and Earl Clark

Who Is The Worst-Dressed Knick?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you’re on the lookout for the worst-dressed player on a team, who better to ask than the other players on the team? As such, let’s check in with the New York Knicks to find out who is the worst-dressed Knicks player.

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VIDEO: Who Is The Worst-Dressed Knick?

NBA Style: Custom Suits

NBA Style
by Boris Kodjoe

I did not own a custom suit until I was in my late twenties. Prior to that, I often found myself buying an ugly shirt just because the sleeves were long enough, or I would score a designer jacket and ignore how it was two sizes too small. Tailored clothes were far removed from my wallet, and I assumed for the longest time that the term referred to the process of producing the garment by hand and not machine.

borisLittle did I know that custom tailoring defines a specific set of hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques first established in the 13th Century. These were unique to the construction of traditional jackets then, and are the foundation of any quality tailoring business today. A custom tailored suit is completely original and unique to each customer.

Buying a tailor-made suit gives the buyer the ability to create a suit that fits his own personal style. Many off-the-rack suits are styled to reflect current trends, but these trends don’t necessarily flatter every body shape. Although it’s possible to find an off-the-rack suit that fits quite well, custom tailoring ensures that the suit fits as perfectly as possible, or exactly as the customer wants it to fit. The same is true of the fabric and construction of custom suits, which usually boast superior quality. Other advantages of tailor-made suits, particularly when compared to off-the-rack suits, include durability, and even personalization like your name or initials on the clothing.

The most significant downside of purchasing a custom tailored suit is the cost. Prices usually range from $1,000 for entry-level models to more than $10,000 for high-end custom suits. Factors that can play a role in the price of tailor-made suits include the designer brand or tailoring service, differences in fabrics, and additional costs if extra alterations are necessary. Time is another factor in choosing between a custom-tailored suit and an off-the-rack garment. A custom-made suit requires time for fittings, selecting the suit’s material and color, and production of the suit. Most custom tailored suits take 60-100 days from first fitting to receiving the finished product.

All of these factors were considered when we launched World Of Alfa, a web-based revolutionary custom clothing company offering all the advantages of high Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four.quality custom-tailored suits and shirts, but at affordable prices. With custom suits starting at $220 and custom shirts starting at $39, we made it our mission to service the customer who previously settled for the off-the-rack suits and had to compromise on style and fit, as well as the customer accustomed to paying upward of $1,500 for a custom-tailored suit.  Charles Barkley was wearing mock turtlenecks, but now wears Alfa custom-tailored suits and shirts on “Inside the NBA.” Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Steve Smith, Dr. J and Nick Cannon are a few of many other celebs who wear Alfa suits.

Players such as Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis and Amar’e Stoudemire have all lead the way in expressing their personality and creativity through the way they dress. Post-game press conferences have become a quasi-fashion presentation, a way to show the world another side of our favorite athletes.

These days I only wear custom-tailored suits and shirts. No more ill-fitting shirts or ugly suits that happen to be approximately my size. Why, you ask? Because I can afford it. And now so can everyone else.

Boris Kodjoe currently appears on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and is founder of the custom-clothing line, World of Alfa.

NBA Style: Spotlight On The Modern Suit

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

While many NBA players have different interpretations of high fashion and the latest trends, some are sticking with basic suits, while still mixing it up a bit. Perhaps the most important facet of today’s suit is an ability to break up the pieces and wear them with other items in your wardrobe. Let’s take a look at several different styles, including trends that can become part of any closet. Keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

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Derrick Rose
, Amar’e Stoudemire and Zach Randolph are in favor of finely tailored, slim cuts.

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NBA Style: Amar’e Stoudemire #TBT


By the NBA.com Style Crew

Each Thursday here on the All Ball blog, we will take a look at an NBA player and the way his style has evolved through the years. Today we check in with New York Knicks F Amar’e Stoudemire. Check the gallery below, and remember to use #nbastyle to further the conversation on Twitter.

Another Stinger In Valley Of Sun

By Jeff Case

 

No one will confuse the 2012-13 Phoenix Suns with a legit title contender, but they haven’t been as awful as some thought they’d be this season. At 3-4, they’ve beaten the teams they probably should (Cleveland, Detroit and Charlotte) and lost to the ones they probably should have (Utah, Miami) and taken losses in two others that were a toss-up (Orlando and Golden State).

Still, the memories of Steve Nash directing coach Mike D’Antoni‘s Seven Seconds Or Less offense are still somewhat fresh. Don’t forget about that great small forward they had too … what was his name … oh yeah! Shawn Marion. In remembering those days, though, Suns fans also recall the way those peak D’Antoni-Nash-Marion-Amar’e Stoudemire teams used to routinely falter against the Spurs, Mavs and Lakers in the West playoffs.

Since those glory days, D’Antoni has been hired (and fired) by New York, Marion was traded to Miami, Stoudemire bolted as a free agent for New York and Nash skipped town, too.

All that to say: is there any fan base that’s seen more of their icons tied to different successful eras leave more often than Phoenix has?

Consider these Suns icons who left town:

  • Paul Wesphal, a three-time All-Star in Phoenix and the leading scorer on the Suns’ 1976 Finals runner-up team, was dealt to rival Seattle in the summer of 1980. The Sonics, at the time, were easily one of the most dominant teams in the West and had won it all in 1979. Westphal, who coached Phoenix to the ’93 Finals, also coached Seattle in the late 1990s. Double-ouch.
  • Charles Barkley won the MVP in 1993, led Phoenix to The Finals that season and is, perhaps, the most well-known Sun ever. He forced a trade to Houston in 1996 so he could chase a ring with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, who were key pieces to the Rockets’ last title team in 1994-95. That ’94-95 squad ousted a 59-win Phoenix team in the West semis.
  • Marion, he of the great nickname (“The Matrix”), was a four-time All-Star in Phoenix before the O’Neal trade. That opened the door for his trade to Toronto, which led to his eventual signing as a free agent with the rival Mavs in 2009. Dallas won the whole thing in 2011.
  • You name it, Nash did it for Phoenix. Yet in the summer, the chance to be closer to his children and have a good shot at a ring made the Lakers the easy pick. Need we explain the Suns-Lakers rivalry?
  • D’Antoni’s Suns exploits are many, but is there any worse place he could have landed for Suns watchers than the L.A. Lakers? Sorry to break the news …

Look around the NBA’s history and every so often you’ll see an MVP (Karl Malone to the Lakers) or a Finals MVP (Chauncey Billups to Denver) or an overall franchise face (Chris Paul to the Clippers) get moved or sign elsewhere. But it’s hard to think of a team outside of Phoenix that has seen more iconic players either move on or be moved on to chase a ring elsewhere.

Rockets sound off on Lin’s GQ apperance

by Zettler Clay IV

New Rocket Jeremy Lin is expected to do a lot of things in Houston. Being the team’s resident fashion guru? Not so much. His teammates agreed.



Lin still is young (24), so there’s time for him to establish a semblance of sartorial splendor. For now, we’ll let Dwyane Wade and Amar’e Stoudemire headline that race.

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Amar’e Stoudemire’s Totally Low-Key, Very Romantic Engagement

by Micah Hart

Amar’e Stoudemire recently got engaged, and was nice enough to have it filmed for posterity and to show you what a romantic badass he is:

Good luck following that, anyone whose special lady sees this video. Paris at night? Check. Live music? Check. A rock the size of a golf ball? Check. The only thing it really lacks is surprise, which was always a key element in my book, but I’m guessing she was able to get past that pretty quickly (although you never know — maybe every date night starts out this way in the Stoudemire household).

As they say in our shared tradition, Amar’e — Mazel Tov!

H/T TBJ

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