STAT Attends D.C. Vision Summit


According to The Vision Council, an estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur each year. Amar’e Stoudemire knows full well about the importance of good ocular health. The All-Star forward had his 2008-09 season cut short after February surgery to repair a detached retina, and he shared that experience while attending the third annual Vision Summit in Washington, D. C., last week.

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Spelling Bee with Amar'e

“All Access” at recently caught up with Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire for an exclusive video interview.  The three-time All-Star was not asked to discuss his on-court talents, but was instead quizzed on another skill: spelling.

Upon entering the league, Stoudemire’s name was often spelled incorrectly by many media personnel as Amare or Amaré. After Amar’e set the record straight with the media, quickly turned the tables by asking him to spell the names of other players around the league.

Rolling easily through the first three names (two of them being Suns teammates), Amar’e stumbled toward the finish. The most difficult name for Stoudemire was that of a former high school teammate Kelenna Azubuike. When asked to spell the name, Amar’e admitted, “I am not even going to come close to knowing how to spell his name. It’s hard to pronounce his name.”

Former Sun Grant Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

(Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Superb athlete, teammate and citizen, former Sun Brian Grant was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease this past January. Parkinson’s, for which there is no known cause or cure, is a progressive disease that disrupts the brain’s coordination and control of muscle movement and motor skills. [Read more...]

Grant Hill Featured on ESPN Radio

“Mike and Mike” in the Morning took on a new personality Monday morning as Suns forward Grant Hill played the role of co-host on the show. Substituting for Mike Golic on the ESPN Radio program, Hill discussed what it was like playing against the league’s best players, his favorite memories in basketball and his everyday life. [Read more...]

Gentry to Appear on Local Sports Shows

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(Josh Greene/

You know that Suns Alvin Gentry just signed a three-year deal to become the head coach of the Suns this past week. But what you may have not known is that Gentry will be making the rounds on a bevy of local sports shows this Sunday. [Read more...]

We Won a “Dinner With Al McCoy at Donovan’s!”


While Suns fans usually only get to enjoy the signature style of play-by-play man Al McCoy for a few hours every game night, one lucky pair of Phoenix fans got their own in-person experience recently – dining with the Hall of Fame broadcaster. [Read more...]

Why I love the NBA Playoffs – what I’ve noticed so far


Every March, basketball fans salivate over the NCAA tournament.  They spend hours filling out brackets, discussing the merits of the “play-in” game, hating Duke and pretty much bringing corporate America to a screeching halt.  Many call it the best time of the year to be a basketball fan.  Not me.

I like March Madness – don’t get me wrong.  But the greatest basketball tournament of any season is the NBA Playoffs.  It’s the only one featuring the best players in the world competing for the most prized championship in the game.  Ask Carmelo Anthony if he’d trade his NCAA title for a chance to hug the Larry O’Brien Trophy while soaked in champagne.  I doubt he’d think about it for more than a second (sorry Coach Boeheim.)  This year’s edition of the Playoffs has been outstanding so far (thanks Bulls and Celtics!)  And so I’ve put together my favorite things from the 2009 Playoffs – so far. [Read more...]

Shaq Helps Child's Wish Come True on Oprah

Superman helped out yet another in need. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Superman helped out yet another in need. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal is not used to looking up to anyone, literally or figuratively. But that all changed when the 7-1 Suns center took time out to play host to Brenden Adams this past season. [Read more...]

Shaq Takes On Krispy Kreme

The offseason can be a long time to keep up healthy habits. No one knows this better than 17-year veteran Shaquille O’Neal. [Read more...]