Amar'e Stoudemire

  • American athlete
  • Born November 16, 1982

Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League and the Basketball Champions League. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 with the Phoenix Suns, who selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft. He made six appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Team five times, including one first-team selection in 2007.

Shawn Kemp was the player that I grew up watching, when he was with the SuperSonics.

I look at the Star of David as a symbol of righteousness.

A lot of people think I grew up with just my brother and me, but mom was there even when she wasn't. We had a good household.

I think swagger's a confidence. It's a confidence of you knowing that you work hard for your success. A lot of times, you can't develop swagger if you haven't worked hard to succeed.

You've got to have the right attire for the right event. I attend a lot of dinners, a lot of concerts, and I have to be on the red carpet; each has its own dress code, and I have to be prepared. Jeans and a hoodie are great for a concert, but a dinner party?

I believe religion is man-made.

You can tailor garments all you want, but if it doesn't fit in the arms or legs, it never will.

I can't really dwell on the past.

I have never hid my spiritual roots. They just weren't something that came under the spotlight.

A woman's outfit says a lot about her.

I knew I was good because I was the only 14-year-old who could dunk backward.

I'm not a religious person; I'm more of a spiritual person, so I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture.

In the NBA, there is a guy guarding you, and you really have to try shooting over him.

My mom, she was, at a young age, caught up in the worldly ways. At that time, it was very intriguing to be out partying and having fun. As a young mother, she was caught in that.

I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development.

I grew up playing football and baseball.

Just going to Africa is amazing; it all comes back to the motherland. It's pretty much where everything started.

Education is very important, and I understand that.

I've had no shellfish and no pork for quite some time.

My father used to always give me a basketball, a skate board, and a bike every Christmas. That's all I wanted every year.

I feel it's my responsibility to be able to take care of my family by living off the land. That's the ultimate goal for a man.

I had a Hebraic wedding in New York, so I'm definitely Jewish.

I love Terry Porter.

Like basketball, fashion is hard work.

I never had a doubt that I would make it to the NBA, even when I wasn't playing.

Be yourself. Don't try too hard - it shows.

The fact that I am not Jewish by religion does not prevent me from connecting to the Jewish nation's spirituality.

Basketball, man: it is a land of giants.

I see myself as a revolutionary, as a fashion rebel.

The Bible is a history book.

I prefer the path of peace over war.

I want to reach my full potential.

Of course New York is the Mecca of style in America, but don't knock Phoenix - it's not as big, but there are lots of people with style there.

As a player, you should look at the teams you might want to play for. The city you may want to live in. The system you may want to play in. The economy. The cost of living. Everything. It's about what's best for you.

My parents always made me dress up for church. I really didn't want to.

I try to celebrate all the holidays that the Scriptures talk about.