The New York Knicks are a franchise of great expectations and extraordinary value. Their storied history and unmatched fanbase has made this organization one of the greatest in all of professional sports.
Now, one of their most significant assets, power forward Amar'e Stoudemire, is looking to make the most of the opportunities the Knicks have granted him. Giving back to the community just so happens to be his first point of attack.
Stoudemire is releasing a new book series entitled STAT: Standing Tall and Talented. The first book of the trilogy is STAT: Home Court.
The book is now available for purchase.
Bleacher Report was fortunate enough to sit down with the New York Knicks' captain and discuss his upcoming literature, as well as the 2012-13 NBA season. By the end of the interview, we got to the bottom of some of the hottest pressing issues in New York.
Before we got there, however, STAT offered a great feel for what to expect from his series. When I asked Amar'e Stoudemire about the message he hopes to convey, it became clear how important the youth is to him.
"[The objective is] to get [the youth] to understand that the coolest thing in the world is being able to read and reading more. Education, you know what I mean?"
A positive message with genuine intentions. As for what you can expect upon reading the new book series, insight into Stoudemire's life can be anticipated.
"This book is one of those books where, when you read this, you'll understand my childhood upbringing. You'll also understand my basketball, football and baseball relationships and how fun it is to read."
For those parents hoping to get their kids' level of interest in reading, this book is for you. For those loyal fans who simply want to know Stoudemire's backstory, there is just as great of a reason to purchase.
While the series stole the focus of the day, there was no way around how important the forthcoming NBA regular season is to both Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks. Fortunately for fans in need of some positivity, STAT believes that big things are in store.
The main reason for this is the fact that the New York Knicks will have their first full training camp since Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were brought together.
"It's gonna be awesome that we're all up in there and that were able to keep ourselves in shape during the offseason. And then also going into next season with our team in tact and our coaching staff in tact, there will be no changes and we feel like we're gonna do something special."
Clearly the loss of Jeremy Lin is not one that Amar'e Stoudemire sees as detrimental to the future of the franchise.
Earlier this Summer, shooting guard Joe Johnson staked the claim that his Brooklyn Nets were the best team in New York City. He did so unequivocally, stating that it was "The Nets. Definitely, the Nets," were the superior franchise.
Due to this fact, it was only right that the captain of the New York Knickerbockers defended his franchise. Unfortunately for those in search of a significant sound bite, STAT carried himself with a sense of grace and professionalism.
"I mean, again, that's up for debate. We feel like we've been here for a while. We still are improving. You know, New Jersey, or uh, Brooklyn is definitely a better team than they were last year. But we're gonna see how the season plays out."
The hype is there, the expectations have been elevated and the battle for New York has begun. With the release of his new book series and a firm belief that the New York Knicks will return to championship form, Amar'e Stoudemire is ready to make sure that Madison Square Garden remains the supreme force of New York.
Let the games begin.