Amar’e Stoudemire has been the punching bag of the New York City media for quite some time. He’s been dragged through the sports page of your favorite tabloid for at least two years or so, the subject of trade rumor after trade rumor — his mammoth contract perhaps being the only reason why he has not been moved. Countless basketball minds have said he is “washed up” in designating him as one of the most expensive bench players in the history of the league. Tales of his ineptitude have been told in bold Times Roman font next to ads for furniture stores and cheap alcohol. But, aside from the amount of time he has spent on injured reserve and the way he and Carmelo Anthony seem to cancel one another out on offense, is it truly his fault? Is it his fault that when he is on the floor alongside NBA sixth man of the year J.R. Smith, that he faces the same dilemma as when he is on the floor with Carmelo? As much as former New York Knicks veteran Jason Kidd and quasi-rookie point guard Pablo Prigioni tried to distribute the ball to the big men while working with the second unit last season, Smith would inevitably resort to his And 1 mixtape antics. J.R.’s one-on-one circus sideshow exhibitions were great for YouTube videos and the fade-away jumpers were fodder for Sportscenter highlights (when they went in), but those exploits are normally bad for team camaraderie and offensive fluidity, especially when the shots don’t go in. Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/08/01/new-york-knicks-will-next-season-be-a-requiem-for-amare-stoudemire/?MCC3AzuOGuu6DfmT.99 EURweb.com Senior Contributer Ricardo A. Hazell expounds upon some of the hottest topics of the day in sports, film, and current affairs. His byline appeared in Bleacher Report from December 2012 until June 2013. He now talks NBA, NFL and NCAA football over at Rant Sports, and will continue to give his unique take on the matters of the day while interviewing some of black entertainment’s best and brightest.
*First Tina Turner, now Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks star has just applied for a foreign citizenship.In Israel.
American citizens applying for citizenship outside of the United States may increasingly become more than a notion.
“He applied, and he’s getting there now,” Stoudemire’s agent Happy Walters told New York Magazine, according to the NY Daily News.
Stoudemire announced he had become a part owner in the Israeli basketball club “Hapoel Jerusalem” last month and the 30-year-old completed his application for citizenship while he was in the Jewish state for the annual Maccabiah Games, where he served as the assistant coach of the Canadian basketball squad.
Stoudemire was signed by the Knicks in 2010 to a nearly $100 million five-year contract. Though he wasn’t raised Jewish he’s been flirting with the religion ever since he moved to New York and began telling people his wayward mother, Carrie, had Jewish ties.
In interviews, Stoudemire says that he has “no formal religion,” but he practices certain Jewish rituals because “we are all Jewish. It’s the original culture.”
Stoudemire also donned a yarmulke and a prayer shawl when he and Alexis Welch tied the knot last year.
“I’m not a religious person, I’m more of a spiritual person,” he recently told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “So I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture.”
Read/learn MORE at NY Daily News.
*Nick Cannon is bringing his “Wild ‘n Out” back into the MTV family.
The producer-actor and host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” has revived the sketch comedy series that he hosted on MTV from 2005 to 2007, but will air it this time on MTV2…for a reason.
“MTV wanted me to do it on MTV first, but I didn’t want to do it on MTV,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think MTV is different than it was when I was there. They do certain types of shows that are more focused on folks with commentary, [like] ‘16 and Pregnant.’ It is more focused for young women. If we do ‘Wild ‘n Out,’ we have to go raw and go edgier. And that’s what MTV2 is doing.
“We were allowed to push the envelope even more on MTV2. We could go rawer and say stuff without having to worry. On MTV, you kind of have to walk a little softly, with their demographic. I’m excited to go raw and in your face.
The premise of the show stays the same: Cannon leads one team while a special guest steers the rival team in games ranging from freestyle rap battles to pure comedy. “Wild ‘n Out” guests this season include his “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Kevin Hart, “Guy Code’s” Lil DuVal, NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and rappers Mac Miller, 2Chainz, Machine Gun Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Joe Budden.
During an interview alongside ”AGT” judges Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, Cannon talks about his own comedy chops, and the first time he realized he was funny.
“Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out” debuts July 9 at 11 p.m. on MTV2. Watch clips below.
*After 10 years together, Amar’e Stoudemire has finally given his wife Alexis her dream wedding.
The New York Knicks forward, who originally married Alexis on Dec. 12, 2012 in front of an audience of 12 at their New York City home, threw a second ceremony and a large reception on Saturday evening in Miami, Fla, reports People.com.
“Great weekend with friends and family. Alexis and I are so blessed and grateful,” Stoudemire, 30, Tweeted Monday, sharing a wedding photo.
Stoudemire wore a Calvin Klein suit for the ceremony but changed into Lanvin for the reception, E! News reports. His wife chose J’Aton Couture for the ceremony and Oscar de la Renta for the reception.
Guests reportedly included Stoudemire’s Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, as well as Grant Hill and producers Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and his wife, musician Alicia Keys.
The nuptials come just five weeks after Alexis delivered their fourth child, son Alijah Carsares. The couple are also parents to daughters Ar’e, 7, and Assata, 5, and son Amar’e Jr., 6.
Amar’e shared the news on his Twitter account yesterday, May 22. The New York Knicks star player told the world that Alexis gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, a baby boy.
“We are proud to announce we added a healthy baby boy to the Stoudemire team,” Amar’e, 30, tweeted. “Alexis and the baby are doing great. #Blessed.”
Amar’e and Alexis, who’ve been an item since 2002, are already parents to two daughters, Assata and Are, and son Amare. They got engaged in Paris in June 2012, when Stoudemire presented Alexis with an 8.5-carat diamond. Six months later, they married in a secret sunset ceremony in New York City.
“12.12.12 now has a special & spiritual meaning for us,” the Knicks forward tweeted shortly after the couple said their “I dos.”
No doubt 05.22.13 will hold a special place in there hearts as well.
*New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis welcomed their fourth child, the couple announced Wednesday.
“We are proud to announce we added a healthy baby boy to the Stoudemire team. Alexis and the baby are doing great. #Blessed” Amar’e tweeted.
The two are already parents to Ar’e, 7, Amar’e Jr., 5, and Assata, 4.