Stop the presses. For the second straight week, it’s a “Big Apple Buckets” podcast coming off a Knicks victory. The Knicks clobbered the Cavaliers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Cleveland. Kazeem Famuyide opens the show addressing the impressive win and looks ahead to Wednesday’s matchup against LeBron James and the Lakers at Madison Square Garden.
Kaz and I discuss opposing fans taking over MSG, a possibility when LeBron and the Lakers come to town, and how this season the World’s Most Famous Arena has not had its customary atmosphere. We look ahead to the seven-game stretch before the Feb. 6 trade deadline and how the Knicks — seven games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — will proceed.
Before special guest Amar’e Stoudemire joins the podcast, we look back at some of our favorite Amar’e memories from when he joined the Knicks in 2010. Stoudemire played a big part in turning around the Knicks, helping to lead them to three consecutive playoff appearances from 2011-2013.
The six-time NBA All-Star then drops by to talk about what he’s doing with the Wall Street Journal during Super Bowl week and his Stoudemire Wines, which are perfect to drink, not to bathe in. STAT talks about his mindset coming to the Knicks in 2010 and recalls the trade for Carmelo Anthony — whether it was worth trading the young pieces and Melo not wanting to play power forward.
Stoudemire also talks about injuries taking a toll on him and what went wrong in the later years of his Knicks tenure before he went to the Mavericks, and gives thoughts on James Dolan, Steve Mills and the front office. He also talks about his future playing basketball professionally, getting overseas offers and whether he would play again in the NBA. Stoudemire, 37, compares his game to Zion Williamson’s in how they both attack the rack. He also talks about being Jewish and when Judaism became a big part of his life.