Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 8/17/12


Following what was considered an underwhelming season for both himself and the Knicks, Amar'e Stoudemire took this summer as an opportunity to improve his game. With the pressure on for New York to really make some noise amongst the Eastern Conference's top contenders, STAT seems to understand what is at stake.

Fresh off his two-week training session with Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, the Knicks' star forward   will return to the Big Apple and take some time out to promote his new children's book, Home Court (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented Series #1). 

In a recent press release, the six-time NBA all-star explained his motivations for penning his new series, saying, "I decided to write for children because although I am an avid reader now, I wish I had read more as a child. I hope that together with Scholastic, we can creatively inspire a new generation to read.”

Stoudemire will appear at the "Barnes & Noble" Citigroup location on East 54th Street and Third Avenue in New York City this coming Monday afternoon, August 20th. In addition to signing and promoting the first book in his new series through Scholastic, STAT is sure to greet and interact with the various Knicks fans, who, in addition to supporting him last season, are also hopeful for what's to come next. The signing begins at noon.

The big man's interest in writing a children's book series should come as no surprise to Knicks and NBA fans alike. A dedicated family man, Stoudemire has three children and recently got engaged this summer in Paris. 

Last summer, KnicksJournal.com spoke with STAT following his acceptance of an "2011 Father of the Year" award from The Father's Day Council. 

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