Amar'e Stoudemire's summer of FABULOUS fashion continued over the weekend, with more publicity for his clothing line for Macy's. He's also out promoting his fashion spread in ESPN: The Magazine, which features Amar'e picking out clothes for other athletes to have their picture taken in, perhaps the ideal distillation of what that once-proud magazine has become. But he's also rehabbing his back, and he should be done in two weeks. Then the work begins.
Amar'e told SI.com's Sam Amick last week that when he's ready to go, he'll be putting together an unofficial training camp for Knicks players.
Stoudemire is in the process of planning the unofficial Knicks training camp that will take place at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in September.
"As soon as I get cleared [medically], as soon as my back gets strong, I'm going to call all the guys and structure a training camp," he said. "I'll have them all meet at IMG, put them all in apartments, feed them breakfast and lunch -- they're on their own for dinner. My guys are waiting on me. They're texting me all the time, saying, 'When are we going to work out?' But I'm still kind of in neutral right now with the back injury."
The lockout is essentially whittling the NBA down to its essentials: If you take away the league and the union, all that is left is talent agencies and shoe companies. So that's who runs training camps now.
It's still worth wondering who exactly is going to show up at this "camp," which is informal to the point of unintentional comedy. ("They're on their own for dinner.") This is really happening in two weeks? Amar'e — who is in China next week — is gonna pull this together? As of this second, the Knicks have ten players under contract, not counting rookies Iman Schumpert and Jorts, and we'll confess that we're having a hard time imagining Jorts texting Amar'e — and of course no coaches to put them through drills and no sign at all that the lockout is even close to being discussed, let alone resolved. So the whole team is going to show up at Bradenton and live in apartments for several months until the lockout ends, just for free breakfast and lunch? We will believe this unofficial training camp when we see it.
By the way, after watching Deron Williams sprint up and down a hot, slippery Assembly Hall court this weekend, it became even more clear that it's only a matter of time until one of these superstars blows out a knee. And then the lockout gets really interesting.