July 31, 2016, 9:27 pm
The NBA has done a marvelous job making basketball relevant 365 days a year, but it feels like we’re finally hitting a bit of a dry spell in terms of NBA news, rumors, and nonsense leading up to the Olympics. That’s OK! We’ll find something to talk about, I’m sure. Ok, without Freddy Adu, here’s this weeks edition of Last Week This Morning!
What Amar’e Stoudemire meant to ME!
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never been an Amar’e Stoudemire ‘guy’. It’s cool. We all have ‘guys’, and that ‘guy’ system usually develops if you’ve watched that player in your youth. I watched a lot of Amar’e Stoudemire growing up, because his-era Phoenix Suns were incredible, but yeah, not one of my childhood ‘guys.’ I was more of a Vince Carter, Jiri Welsch ‘guy’ but I digress, this is about Amar’e.
I have two unimportant things to say about Amar’e Stoudemire, but I already warned you that the NBA news cycle was slow. That was me preparing you for unimportant anecdotal Amar’e Stoudemire things. I already have your click so if you leave now it’s cool.
Speaking of ‘guys,’ I’ve never been a gym ‘guy.’ In this instance, all I really mean by that is that if I’m going to go the gym, and that is a big if, I’m heading straight for the court. None of this weight room nonsense. I briefly dabbled in weight lifting a few years ago, and I sincerely apologize if I have this story wrong, but I more or less had a program created for me by my buddy who once read about Amar’e Stoudemire’s weight lifting regimen in some basketball magazine ten years ago.
I could EASILY have my facts wrong on a lot of this, all I know is that I basically followed an Amar’e Stoudemire weight-lifting program that had been passed over via the worst game of telephone after ten years of rolling around in my basketball buddy’s head.
We associate things with things. If I’m being asked (and I wasn’t, but still) to give my HONEST thoughts on Amar’e Stoudemire’s NBA career, that anecdote would be at the top of my list. I know it’s dumb, but it’s real. There you go, I followed Amar’e Stoudemire’s ten-year-old-second-hand-delivered program for about 8 months and haven’t been in the weight room since. Thanks?
My second Amar’e thought is hopefully a little more insightful, and it’s in regards to his reported deal with the Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem. I love that move. I love that move so, so much. If I were fortunate enough to play in the NBA for my basketball prime, you bet I’d spend a couple of my latter years overseas, checking out other countries, meeting international hoopers, etc. Stoudemire could have played another season or two riding an NBA bench somewhere, but if this is the start of an NBA trend where retired players head overseas, good on Amar’e for starting it. This could be his most important NBA accomplishment, if it takes off.
I’m going to go full Major League Soccer on you over here, but that is how international soccer talent treats the MLS, and it’s great. It’s great for soccer fans in the United States, its great for the players, and it’s probably great for the health of the sport. I went and saw David Beckham play against the New England Revolution in his first MLS season, and let me tell you, it was insanity. People were losing their minds over this guy, and Amar’e Stoudemire certainly won’t have that impact, but maybe he can pave the way for someone who will.
David Beckham, Thierry Henry, and Didier Drogba are some of the greatest soccer players of the last twenty years, and they all played for the American soccer audience before they retired for good. This relationship CAN work in reverse for some of the NBA’s elite. It hasn’t caught on, for whatever reason, but Amar’e Stoudemire is a potential Hall of Fame basketball player going that route. This could be a lot of fun.
That’s all I’ve got on Amar’e. He was really good at basketball. He loves the game that we all love, and for that alone, I wish him the best of luck in his post-NBA career. Adios amigos.
Draymond’s Snapchat snafu
As I’m sure you are already aware, Draymond Green had a little Snapchat incident on Sunday afternoon where he accidentally posted a photo of his junk to his Snapchat story instead of whatever lucky lady he was trying to reach.
All that is fine and good and wildly entertaining. After briefly crying ‘hack!’ he owned up to the mistake, which might make him the first athlete to make a social media error without being hacked, but that’s not where I’m going with this.
The following quote, via The Vertical’s own Michael Lee, is my favorite basketball related thing to hit the internet this week, and it’s not even close.
“We’re all one click away from placing something in the wrong place. I suffered from that this morning” – Draymond Green
That quote is just so remarkably honest, hilarious, appropriate, and relate-able. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sent the wrong person the wrong text, tweeted something from an incorrect account, clicked on the wrong thing then immediately erased my web history, etc. This is life on the Internet. I will undoubtedly use this quote moving forward, for any and all internet mishaps. It’s so matter of fact, so deliberate, and the humor in it is so dry and unintentional. I can’t help but feel like I’m doing a poor job explaining why that quote is so 2016, but if you get where I’m coming from, our brains work in the same way.
Anyway, I’m going to get a lot of burn out of that Draymond quote, so shout out to Dray’s thirst, and whatever preceding snap inspired Mr. Green to accidentally expose himself to the world.