After 14 seasons, more than 26,000 minutes and multiple knee surgeries, there was good reason to wonder if Amar’e Stoudemire had anything left as the Heat kept him on the bench the first two months of this season.
Stoudemire has answered that question emphatically. Not only is he averaging 6.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as the Heat’s starting center the past two months, he has had plenty of forceful dunks and stunning rejections at the rim. In Tuesday’s victory at New Orleans, he scored a season-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds and two blocks, doing all of that in a mere 15 minutes.
His solid season has reinforced his desire to play a few more years, and that seems realistic based on what he’s done lately. How does he keep his body going at this point? It starts with what he puts in it.
“I try to eat Pescetarian,” said Stoudemire, who sticks mainly to salmon, snapper and cod. “Probably 80-20. Eight percent of the time I eat fish, the other 20 percent I mix in chicken or if I want to indulge I eat steak. That’s very important because it keeps me lean and fit.”
Then there are the hours of work before and after games just to get himself ready for those 15-20 game minutes.
“Cardio and strength training coincide with each other,” he said. “After I lift, I mix in court running or AlterG. The No. 1 thing I have to do is corrective exercises. That’s the purple band and the black band. It helps activate muscles that you use throughout the game as far as your glutes and core.
“Then is recovery. I recover my legs with the NormaTec, ice, stretching. The most important one is the NormaTec. Recovery matters so much more now than it did 12 years ago. Back then I could wake up the next day and go.”