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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at 5:37 pm  |  13 responses

Raw Power

Amar’e Stoudemire captured our imagination… and never let go.

Amar'e StoudemirePhoto by Michael Schrieber
Originally published in SLAM 59

A young Amar’e had the basketball world eating out of his hands, dunk after dunk, highlight after highlight. Then came the injury. Suddenly, Amar’e got the chance to see who his real fans were. Now he’s back at full strength, with a refined J’ to boot. We never doubted. Did you?—Tzvi Twersky

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  • niQ

    i don’t understand how you could go wrong with amare and shaq on your starting line up.

  • Gumdrop

    Pick and Roll defense. That’s where.

  • JESSEG

    I still truly believe that if a team built a team around Amare like phoenix should he wouldn’t be hearing all the stuff he does now about his game. He never has had a legit chance to play defense with all the weak defenders the Suns put around him. He is way too talented for the Suns to be acting the way they do about him. He is there best chance for success in the future. The Suns management is just too dumb to realize this.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    all the dunks he had on players during his first two years in the league were insane

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    When I found myself complaining that Amare was in the FreeDarko book and Dwight wasn’t, that’s when I knew he didn’t have my attention anymore.

    That sad sack of a season he put in last year in Shaw’s shadow didn’t help either.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    He ripped through the NBA like that finger ripped through his retina.

  • rob

    he’ll be wreckin next year! jus you wait!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    What a cool photo shoot to have been at. Dude had star power at 18 for sure.

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    HIS DEFENSE IS IN OUR IMAGINATION TOO HAdsklfsldf….

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    On the other hand, JESSEG has a point. Amare is a bad defender because great coaches like D’Antoni never really trained for defense.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Is it just me, or does he look like Eddie Murphy in that pic?

  • http://sandoonamoon.blogspot.com/ Superman_Osman

    What have you done for me lately Amaré? lol

  • Fernando Sanchez

    THE BEST!!!!

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