Amar'e Stoudemire

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New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire discusses his Jewish roots and two children's books, "STAT: Home Court" and "STAT: Double Team." (6:11)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYS BASKETBALL WITH THE NEW YORK KNICKER BOCKERS AND THE

AUTHOR OF A BOOK SERIES FOR CHILDREN, NUMBER ONE HOME COURT, NUMBER TWO NEXT WEEK DOUBLE TEAM.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM AMARE STOUDEMIRE.

>> HOW ARE YOU DOING (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: MUST BE NICE.

(LAUGHTER) HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

>>.

>> FEEL GREAT.

>> Stephen: DO YOU FEEL IN SHAPE, DOW FEEL READY, YOU'RE STARTING THE SEASON IN LIKE A WEEK.

>> YEAH, WE START TRAINING CAMP SHORTLY.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IN SHAPE BY THEN, I MEAN REALLY YOU LET YOURSELF GO IN THE OFF

SEASON A LITTLE BIT I SEE.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS, SU HAVE TWO BOOKS.

WHAT IS THE GIST OF THIS.

HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT THESE TWO BOOKS.

>> WELL, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF YOUNG BOYS THAT WANT TO READ FROM THE AGES OF 8 TO 12.

AND I FIGURE IF I WRITE A BOOK FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, A FEW OF MY CHILDHOOD STORIES WITHIN THESE BOOKS THEN THE

YOUNG BOYS WILL BE INTRIGUED FROM THE FACT I'M A BASKETBALL PLAYERS FROM THE KNICKS AND THEY WANT TO GOUT

AND HEAR ABOUT MY STORY IF I'M GROWN-UP.

I FIGURE IF I WRITE A BOOK THAT INTRIGUES THEM TO WANT TO READ.

>> Jon: AT THE END OF THIS BOOK DOES IT TURN INTO A VIDEO GAME BY ANY CHANCE?

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE LOOKING, HAVE YOU DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH KIDS NOW?

YOU HAVE USED YOUR CELEBRITY, USED YOUR FAME TO GO OUT AND SEEN WHAT KIDS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT NOW.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVE NOTICED, YOU HAVE SEEN THIS THEY'RE NOT READING, THEY'RE TO THE DOING-- WAS'S GONG IN

YOUR MIND.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

WITH AT MARE STOUDEMIRE FOUNDATION IS BASED UPON CURING POVERTY THROUGH EDUCATION.

AND SO A LOT OF MY WORK GOES BACK TO THE YOUTH TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT AREAS WHERE WE CAN TRY TO IMPROVE THAT

EDUCATION BARRIER FOR THE YOUTH.

SO THIS IS A TOOL FOR THEM TO USE TO TRY TO IMPROVE THEIR EDUCATION.

>> Jon: NOW YOU COULD BY ALL RIGHTS IGNORE ALL OF THIS, LIVE A VERY GOOD LIFE, VERY RICH LIFE.

I FIND IT VERY COMMENDABLE THAT YOU GO BACK.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT, IS IT YOUR STORY THAT YOU'RE RELATING TO, IS IT SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE THAT CAUSES YOU TO NOT

WANT TO FORGET, TO NOT-- TO HELP THESE KIDS.

>> YEAH, BECAUSE I THINK WITH MYSELF GROWING UP, EDUCATION WAS NOT A MAIN PRIORITY WHEN I WAS THAT AGE.

AND OVER TIME IT BECAME TO BECOME A FACTOR OF YOU NOT APPLYING YOURSELF.

AND SO THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPEN NOUG WITH THE YOUTH AS A WHOLE.

SO I FIGURE WITH THE AMARE STOUDEMIRE FOUNDATION WE CAN FIGURE OUT WAYS TO SPARK THAT MIND TO LET THEM KNOW

THAT BEING SMART IS COOL, BEING ABLE TO READ IS COOL.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT AT ALL TO TRY TO GET THE YOUTH TO UPLIFT THE SMART.

>> Jon: BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY, AND THERE IS JUST SOMETHING I'VE READ, GETS TO PLAY FOR THE KNICKS.

BUT IT IS, BECAUSE IT SO INTERESTING TO ME, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT ULTIMATELY END UP LOOKING UP TO REALLY

ARE DOING SOMETHING SPECTACULAR.

YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WOULD BE 6, 11 AND HAVE I GUESS WHAT THE KIDS WOULD HAVE UPS.

AND I THINK THERE IS A TENDENCY TO THINK OH F I JUST PLAY SOME BALL AND WORK HARD, I WILL BECOME A AMARE STOUDEMIRE.

BUT THAT REALLY IS RAREFIED AIR AND THIS IS MUCH MORE OF A TOOL THAT MORE KIDS CAN USE.

>> THAT IS TOTALLY TRUE IT THERE A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF ALL THE STUDENTS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD THAT MAKE IT TO

A PROFESSIONAL SPORT LEVEL, EXTREMELY SMALL PERCENTAGE.

AND THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO BE SKUK SESFUL BESIDES BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

>> Jon: NAME ONE.

>> I MEAN DOING YOUR JOB.

>> Jon: NOT EVEN CLOSE, NOT EVEN CLOSE, NOT EVEN CLOSE.

ALL RIGHT.

IF THEY WOULD ONLY LOWER THE RIM I WOULD TRADE THIS IN A SECOND.

DO YOU GUYS, IT IS SO INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE YOU KNOW, FOR YOUNG KIDS, AND A LOT OF TIMES COME FROM

DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS, SPORT HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING THAT THEY LOOK AT.

OR MUSIC.

BUT THEY DO THERE HASN'T BEEN AS MUCH OF AN EMPHASIS ON EDUCATION FOR KIDS.

BUT GETTING ATHLETES TO GO BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, GETTING MUSESICIANS TO GO BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY AND

TALK BED CASE SEEMS TO REALLY GET THROUGH TO THEM.

HAVE YOU FOUND THAT HAS BEEN A GOOD AVENUE FOR YOU TALKING ABOUT.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING WITH THE YOUTH FOR OVER TEN YEARS NOW.

EVER SINCE MY ROOKIE YEAR WITH THE NBA.

AND BEING ON THIS PLATFORM THAT WE ARE ON AS PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, WE HAVE A WILLPOWER TO WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE YOUTH.

AND SO THEY LOOK UP TO US TO GIVE THEM A BLUEPRINT AND BE THAT ROLL MODEL FOR THEM.

>> Jon: WE ALL LOOK UP TO YOU, YOUR STOMACH.

AND HOW IS YOUR YOM KIPPUR, WE TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT.

YOU DISCOVERIED RECENTLY YOU HAVE HEBREW BACKGROUND.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: MUST BE OBVIOUSLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE.

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THIS?

>> WELL, I HAVE BEEN STUDYING, MY MOM AND MY FATHER I HAVE BEEN STUDYING IT FOR 12, 13 YEARS.

AND I WAS ABLE TO GO BACK TO ISRAEL AND STUDY THE HEBREW ROOTS.

AND CAME-- .

>> Jon: ARE YOU ABLE TO READ HEBREW K YOU SPEAK, DO THE PRAYERS AND ALL THAT, AND IF SO, CAN YOU HELP ME DO THAT,

BECAUSE I-- I AM EXCITED.

I'M GOING COME SEE NEW YEAR.

AND I'M GOING TO BRING AN 8-YEAR-OLD WITH THE BOOKS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO COME AND YOU'LL TEACH US HOW TO DUNK OR WHATEVER YOU WILL-- YOU GUYS GOING TO BE GOOD THIS YEAR.

>> REALLY GOOD.

>> Jon: BETTER THAN THE HEAT?

(LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) BOOK NUMBER ONE, HOME COURT, BOOK NUMBER TWO, DOUBLE TEAM.

AMARE STOUDEMIRE.

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