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Amare has given Hakeem Olajuwon $100,000 to teach him the Dream Shake (STAT Shake?) As you can see from the photo below, STAT is in full-on disciple mode - note the Buddhist prayer beads and the beard straight out of the Dark Knight Rises training montage. As for the neckerchief...I'm still not quite sure about the neckerchief. Does the Dream insist his pupils wear it ? I suppose it's a small price to pay for the wisdom of a Hall-of-Fame big.
Amare's offensive game has always lacked - how should I put this - nuance. Even as we Knicks fans pray his knee holds up the next few seasons, the most optimistic of us will admit that Amare must grow his offensive repertoire in order to reclaim any semblance of the elite player he's already paid to be.
And even if these lessons come to nothing, I'd like to thank Amare for changing the Knicks' offseason narrative. Never has a team needed needed a cliched "best shape of his life" offseason story like the 2012 Knicks. Having read the news in the past month I would have guessed the entire team has spent the past few months drunk-dialing the NY Post to complain about each others' contracts.
So cheers to Amare Stoudemire - in 2011 he lost the Eye of the Tiger and got his ass kicked by the proverbial Mr. T of injury, stubbornness and a fire extinguisher. Now he's found his Apollo Creed, and he's training his ass off - blasting the 80's synthesizer music and wiping the blood, sweat and tears from his neckerchief.