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