Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  34 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire’s Many Layers of Protection

The Arizona Republic explores what STAT wears underneath his jersey, thereby giving him a small sense of invincibility: “There are times when the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire looks like a tailback hitting a seam as he barrels his way toward his end zone – the rim. Stoudemire’s body is jostled like a pinball as defenders bang and clang, and there’s nothing to protect Stoudemire’s frame but a jersey – or so it would appear. But Stoudemire goes to battle with armor. Like most NBA players, he wears pads.The NBA version of protection may not resemble NFL shoulder pads, but padded shorts and vests are as common as high tops.What each player needs in the way of gear for protection (or superstition) varies from Stoudemire’s extensive ensemble to a teammate’s preference for nothing at all. ‘You’ve got guys who hold, push, shove and hit, so the undergear keeps me protected,’ said Stoudemire, a padding pioneer about three years ago, along with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. ‘You wear the combat pads to protect your ribs, back, thighs, quads. It helps. I haven’t got any bruises. Normally, when you set a screen, you get kneed in a thigh or ‘bowed in your ribs. It protects you from all that. It definitely helps.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    Ewing, Zo and the rest of the ’80-’90′s are laughing at these young “padded” fellas.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Whatever helps players stay healthy…I hate when there are injuries…the game is more fun when every star is on the floor.

  • Homie

    It may seem sissy, but one of the players on my college team got elbowed in the upper arm so frequently (while fighting for rebounds) that he developed a deep bone bruise. He had to wear a pad for 2-3 months to prevent the bruise from calcifying his muscle, which would have meant surgery to cut it out! So I don’t blame these guys for wearing some padding.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    So, what’s his excuse for not fighting on defense?

  • MountainGoat

    Ewing, Mourning, Coleman, Mutombo, Shaq, David Robinson, Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, and Karl Malone are all rolling over in their graves.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    AllenP; so what will you say to Kobe then?

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    haha from that same article:

    Gaspar said Nash is his most low-maintenance player, although Nash does ask for one thing that no other NBA player probably does. In each city’s locker, Nash can count on a hair dryer.

    “Only for a two-time MVP would I do that,” Gaspar said. “Steve doesn’t want to get sick.”

  • sean c

    the fact is back in ewing’s and zo’s playing days, the game wasn’t as fast or as physically demanding on one’s body. so if you as a player want to play with thar extra bit of reassurance, go ahead.

  • SMK

    @Matt – well, I bet Shawn Kemp’s not laughing at the idea of “many layers of protection”. At least not now.

  • LA Huey

    Just like the arm sleeve, the pads have trickled down to pick-up games. Cracks me up when jump shooters who never crash boards or drive the lane think they should wear padding.

  • T-Money

    Allenp: zing! / Can’t believe they didn’t mention the godfather of padding: D-Wade / STAT doesn’t even wear his own signature shoe?

  • The Philosopher

    Greg Oden.

  • http://twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @sean c, How can you possibly say that 80s-90s basketball was LESS physically demanding than it is today???

  • MountainGoat

    @ dfrance21

    I agree, 80/90s basketball was another beast. No way guys like Tony Parker or Rondo would be as effective in that era.

  • UnRel

    @MountainGoat… did you sneak in Coleman in the list of grave rollers?.. as in derrick coleman?.. you sneaky fellow you.. he was so lazy he wouldn’t even roll in his own grave..

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    hahaha smk with the Kemp comment

  • Brickshooting J

    @ UnRel: You beat me to the punch. Coleman, LOL.

  • max

    sean c has no idea what he’s talking about. Zo, Grandmama, Mase, Oakley or either of Indiana Davis (I can go wit this list foever) would physically dominate Amare under the basket any given time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Most people today dominate Amare under the basket when Amare is playing defense.
    But very few cats can hang with dude on offense. And I don’t think any of the cats you named would have locked him down. Amare is crazy good at offense.

  • a_whiteman

    @mountain goat… I think rondo would fit well in 80s/90s ball fine with his defensive mindset and physicality, might struggle on O though

  • MountainGoat

    My bad – Derrick Coleman is not a good example. Gary Coleman probably has more fight in him.

  • a_whiteman

    @allenp…ZO would lock amare down and probably give him the biz on ther end too, oak and the davis’ would do a good job on him as well

  • barnabusb

    Rondo would get shut down by a Derek Harper hand check at half court.

  • data187

    amare is good, but he would avg less without nash and in a different offensive system.

    also, amare’s game will not age well. it is all based on athleticism and very little skill. he’ll end up slightly better than shawn marion when he is a similar age.

  • MikeC.

    @a_whiteman – Young Zo would be able to hang with Amare, provided he also had young Bruce Bowen to trip Amare on the way to the rim. I’m not sure about Oak though. As much as I love the Oaktree, lateral quickness was never a strength. Amare would have been eaten alive by Hakeem, or young Admiral. They had the speed and strength to outclass Amare on both ends.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com 323 478 1884

    Kobe and lebron are still beast without them!!!!

  • http://Www.twitter. Darksaber

    Been wearing Hexpad thudd shorts for 3 years, can’t play w/o. them anymore. Protected me from many a knee, leg, thigh hit during games.

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    dude hakeem was a beast. I wish hd would develop 1/5 of dream’s moves.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I have been looking for those hexpad shorts in australia.. bit hard to come across. I’ve developed deep tissue and bone bruising in my right thigh and I’ve one from 29 to 89 in 2 weeks. sucks to be me riht now.

  • max

    @ Allenp Of course u’re right, I have little doubt in Amare’s offence myself but sean c’s statement was that the 90′s NBA game was LESS physically demanding and given Stats pf or c position I brought up few names. Shout out to The Postman:)

  • Los

    I wear the protection pads when ever I play NBA2K10

  • DMC14

    Bullshit to anyone who sez the game wasn’t as rough or fast in the 80′s/early 90′s. the game got a bit weak late 90′s and its only starting to rougher now thank god. i love stat and i can understand the pads but watch the vid NBA Jam Session (best nba vid ever).

  • DocterNJ

    That’s nonsense about older players not needing pads. With all of the Heat/Knicks (i.e. Mourning and Ewing) battles over the years, you think they wouldn’t have wanted some pads? With everyone playing bone-crunching defense (not necessarily good, but rough), players might have had more confidence to take it to the hole in those series.

    If there’s padding on my ribs and thighs while I was playing a team that hacked everybody, I personally would be much more comfortable going to the rim for a lay-up.

    But then again, I’m built like a 6’2 Reggie Miller, and I play center for my teams.

  • Izzy

    LOLing at mixed opinions. But don’t know enough about pads to comment. If Amare uses them, then good for him :) has any player in the league had better game than him since the All-Star break??? Any volunteers???