Amar'e Stoudemire took a massive contract hit to join the Miami Heat this off-season.
In addition to providing his basketball talents and a chance at helping the team make a deep run in the playoffs as well as returning to his Florida roots, his motivation may be gleamed from a snippet on his official website:
"When his basketball career ends, Stoudemire hopes to continue his work in the film industry."
Accessing Dwyane Wade's wife Gabrielle Union's extensive connections with the media business may open doors for Stoudemire that he covets. Their faux cinema trailer was so good people want a full-length rom-com movie of the fabled event:
Chris Bosh gained acting chops with his "Tall Justice" videos, along with cameo appearances in several shows.
Besides acting, the trio of Wade, Bosh and Stoudemire have a mutual love of fashion that form a bond for them off the court, as well as giving the team increased exposure with a combined 27 NBA All-Star appearances.
In case you missed it, Stoudemire has been an exceptional post presence throughout his career. This fan-created top 20 video features a facial dunk against none other than LeBron James (#17):
A second unit of Mario Chalmers, Gerald Green, Stoudemire, Josh McRoberts and Chris Andersen have talent enough to inflict punishment to opponents whenever the starters need a breather to give their bodies time to heal from the grueling schedule. Tyler Johnson, Udonis Haslem, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson will get their minutes later in the season when the inevitable injuries to the rotation players occur. The Heat have solid pieces for a revolving rotation of 48 minutes for 82 regular season games, and hopefully enter post-season in good health.
Going unnoticed is the potential of Stoudemire as a stretch 4, and he discussed this possibility in his first comments to the media in July after his signing.
"It will be really good," Stoudemire said. "If I'm a reserve 4 for Chris then (I can) play alongside Whiteside as a stretch 4 as well. Or vice versa, if Chris is in there with me, I can play inside and he can play outside. There's countless amount of opportunities that we can take advantage of on the court with us.
"I'm sure coach Spoelstra has to figure out how to orchestrate this entire thing. But I think for the most part, for me, knowing that I'm a 4 and also a 5 position player and being able to utilize that advantage is great for us. So we've just got to make sure we're able to utilize every weapon that we have on this team to reach our full potential."
Though he hasn't attempted many shots from long range in recent seasons, he shot 43% from 3-point range in his first season with the New York Knicks in the 2010-11 season and finished with 32% accuracy (15-47) in his five seasons with the Knicks. At 6'11" Stoudemire could easily shoot over the usually shorter guards with his smooth shooting stroke:
Although it would unrealistic to expect Stoudemire to be able to turn back the hands of time to when he was the 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year, a relatively healthy Stoudemire could wreck havoc against other team's second units. and even starters in some cases.
Used to exploit mismatches during the game, he could end up being the biggest sleeper of the Heat season.