If you thought Amar’e Stoudemire was nicknamed STAT for his ability to fill up the stat sheet then you would not be totally wrong because the former NBA All-Star put up good numbers during his prime years. Unless someone told you what STAT stood for, you would have a hard time guessing that it is an acronym for “Standing Tall and Talented”.
The 6’10” big man had the combination of size, athleticism and skill, which worked especially well with the Phoenix Sun’s run and gun style offense in the 2000’s. Stoudemire formed a formidable pick-and-roll partnership with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
Stoudemire was traded to the New York Knicks in 2010 at the age of 28, and in his first season as a Knick made the All-Star team for the sixth time in his career.
Stoudemire may have retired from basketball but he keeps himself busy with other ventures. Stoudemire is an avid reader and is passionate about promoting the importance of literacy. Stoudemire is the author of a book series for middle grade readers called “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented”. The books are published by Scholastic and are based on semi-autobiographical stories of an 11 year old Amar’e who likes to skateboard and play basketball with his friends, and also covers topics such as the challenges facing an active boy growing up.