Having played in three NBA All-Star Games, it’s hard to believe Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire has yet to start in the league’s midseason classic. The former Rookie of the Year is doing everything in his power to change that in 2009, being that the game right here in his own backyard of Phoenix, Arizona.
STAT has launched a viral campaign, using outlets including a newly created website, vote4amare.com, as well as, Facebook. On vote4amare.com, the big man has been releasing new videos every few days centered around he and Jay “Superfan” Johnson trying to get Stoudemire voted into the festivities by the fans. The comedic videos feature spoofs of personalities including Stoudemire’s teammate, Shaquille O’Neal, singer and actress, Beyonce’ and new President-elect, Barack Obama.
“Anytime you’re selected to an All-Star Game it lets you know you’re considered one of the elites; which is great,” Stoudemire said. “It’s a fan-favorite event all players dream about playing in from the time they’re little kids, so to have been there three times in my early career is something I consider a success. Now I’m looking to make it four this year and just keep things rolling.”
Fans wishing to show their support can also send a friend request on Facebook to Vote Amare. STAT currently has more than 40 friends on the newly created Facebook page and told Suns.com he definitely appreciates the support.
“The fans have always been amazing,” Stoudemire said. “I’ve got a lot of great fans who have always been supportive and having fans on my side is always something I’ve considered very important.”
Fans have until Jan. 19 to vote Stoudemire into the 2009 NBA All-Star Game and give him the opportunity to start in front of his hometown fans. In the 2008 contest in New Orleans, Stoudemire was a strong candidate to earn MVP honors for the contest, contributing 18 points and five rebounds, despite the Western Conference’s 134-128 loss at the hands of the East.