Amar’e Stoudemire was made for New York. He probably has “I Heart NY” shirts in every color imaginable. The big city, the bright lights, the basketball team that is primarily concerned with scoring — it’s a perfect fit. Plus, he gets to make so many friends.
Fancy friends. Big-timers. You know, the real high society New Yorkers who make things happen:
“Me and Donald Trump are best friends,” the b-balling bachelor told us at Gotham Magazine’s 10th Annual Gala on Thursday evening at SoHo’s Capitale, where he was celebrating cover stars Mary J. Blige and Ed Westwick. The style savvy Knick recently shot — in the buff — for ESPN’s body issue. “I just let it all hang out!” he told us. Next up he hopes one of these days “Anna [Wintour] will bless me to be on the cover of Vogue, but it hasn’t happened yet.” Wintour and Stoudemire became pals during NY Fashion Week last month.
There aren’t a lot of people out there who can count both Donald Trump and Anna Wintour as buddies, and that’s especially true for basketball players. You don’t see Brook Lopez running around with these New York legends and he’s been in the area since ’08. Amar’e is fitting right in, probably because of his love of fedoras.
We still don’t know quite how good the new Knicks are going to be. They’ve added a bunch of new pieces and it’s impossible to tell how those pieces are going to fit. However, ever since Amar’e signed, the team has been a lot more relevant than it has been in years. David Lee is great, but Amar’e's better and he’s way more charismatic. That kind of thing doesn’t matter in a place like Detroit, but in New York it’s pretty important. He kind of wasn’t wrong when he said “the Knicks are back.”
At the very least, it’s been a good three-ish months for Amar’e — and the Knicks, for that matter — from a marketing standpoint. He’s bigger now than he ever was during any of his five All-Star seasons in Phoenix. Next thing you know, he’s going to have his own reality show. Or a fictionalized movie made about his life, starring Anne Hathaway. One or the other.