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Amare Stoudemire, Usa
In one of the most successful jumps from high school to the NBA, Amaré
Stoudemire stunned many by capturing the 2002-03 'got milk?' NBA Rookie of the
Year award at just 20 years old, and he's just gone up from there. The ninth
overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, he helped rejuvenate a Suns team expected to
finish near the bottom of the Western Conference standings... Stoudemire's
rugged inside play was a major factor in the Suns' successful drive to make the
2003 postseason... The 6-10, 245-pound power forward, who has his nickname
"STAT" tattooed on his right arm, is an enormous physical talent, who is often
compared to a young Shawn Kemp,
Karl Malone or Moses Malone. Stoudemire's
brute force and amazing quickness for someone his size makes him extremely
difficult to defend in the low post and a shot-blocking threat on the defensive
Ibn Notes: Evidenced by the 2004-05 success of the Phoenix Suns, where Amare Stoudemire ended up playing center most of the season, Stoudemire and the Suns were ready for the big-time. By averaging 37.0 ppg against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudemire broke the record for highest-scoring average in a conference semifinals held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34.1).
Name: Amare Carsares Stoudemire (Ah-MAHR-ee STAH-duh-mire)
Nickname: STAT (Standing Tall and Talented)
Origin: Lakes Wales, Florida
Schools: Several different High Schools but ultimately graduated from Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, FL), did not attend college.
Drafted: 2002, 1st round, 9th pick overall by Phoenix Suns
Website: ThatsAmare & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Cypress Creek (32), US National Team, Phoenix Suns (32)
Ibn Notes: Really making a name for himself in the 2004-05 NBA Playoffs, Amare did what most thought would be difficult to do in the slow-it-up-grind-it-out playoffs. Stoudemire and his Phoenix Suns (including MVP Steve Nash) wasn’t deterred by history, no one attacked the rim with such a combination of speed or ferocity since Amare's basketball idol Shaquille O’Neal did when he was wearing an Orlando jersey. And Bg Shaq agreed saying: "I've seen the future of the NBA and his name is Amaré Stoudemire..."
As the 2005-2006 NBA pre-season began, the Suns discovered knee cartilage damage and Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery prior to the regular season. Initially, the Suns thought he would return by mid-February, but Amare was not able to return to the court until March 23, 2006. In his first game back against Portland, Stoudemire scored 20 points, got nine rebounds, and recorded two blocks in just 19 minutes. However, in the next two games, Stoudemire did not play well, including going scoreless against the New Jersey Nets on March 27. The next day, March 28, 2006 it was announced that he would miss the rest of the regular season due to ongoing stiffness in both knees. His manager stated that the comeback happened a little too soon, and Stoudemire needed to do more rehab. The Suns performed much better than expected in his absence (due in part to Steve Nash's second MVP and Boris Diaw's breakout season) in the 2005-06 season, reaching the Western Conference Finals.
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