Amar’e Stoudemire Visits The Daily Show, Refuses To Say The Knicks Will Be Better Than The Heat
September 28 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
Two days, two sports crossovers for The Daily Show. Wednesday night's edition dealt with replacement ref fallout, and last night Jon Stewart welcomed Amar'e Stoudemire to the program. Stoudemire was there mainly to promote his new series of children's books, and Stewart discussed at length the impact someone like Stoudemire can (hopefully) have on getting kids to care about school (and seriously, whether it's an image finely crafted by his PR team or not, good on Amar'e for trying to spread that message).
As is generally the case when The Daily Show famous athletes, Stewart came from from the perspective of your average everyday fan. It makes sense - they don't lend themselves to grillings the same way political people do, since they're... not in politics. Additionally, they talked some about Stoudemire's exploration into his possible Jewish roots, but what got my attention was something Stewart asked near the end of the interview, starting at the 5:50 mark below. He started asking Stoudemire if the Knicks would be good. Softball. But then, he followed it up...
...and Stat's reaction, to me, was priceless. And smart. That's an occasion for a "no comment" if I ever heard one. No one can say Stewart never puts athletes on the spot. And while maybe some Knicks fans would have loved if Stoudemire confidently said they'd dethrone the champs, it's a good idea not to say it even if you do believe it, in order to avoid giving said champs any more motivation. Also, let's face it: the Knicks are not going to be better than the Heat. Stoudemire's a fiery (maybe too fiery), competitive guy... but he lives in the same reality as the rest of us.