During his 14-year NBA career, Amar’e Stoudemire turned emphatic slam dunks into an art form, collecting 15,994 points along the way. Now, with his playing days officially behind him, the former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks star has turned his attention to collecting other things, like art.
In fact, his affinity for collecting art has become such a passion that his Miami home has literally become a shrine to it. Whereas most stars’ homes are shrines to NBA rings, Amar’e’s is one to inspirational things — an original Basquiat, a Retna, a Hebru Brantley.
His love of art began with a birthday gift. “It was a portrait of me… very elegant and it had the Tupac lyrics on the back of it, one of my favorite artists. At that moment, that’s when I knew that art was going to be a major part of my life,” reveals Stoudemire, one-half of one of the most punishing pick ‘n’ roll duos in NBA history.