On Thursday night, EPIX and Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire premiered the documentary Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment to an audience that included Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Timbaland, and Patrick Ewing, among others. The event featured the screening of the emotional film that recaps everything from Amar'e's early life growing up in Florida to his most recent knee surgery. Complex Sports caught up with Amar'e to talk about his ultimate goal for shooting the documentary, the struggles of his vegan diet, and his new coaching gig this summer.
Interview by Rafael Canton (@RafelitoC7)
What was your ultimate goal with shooting this documentary?
The goal is to be an inspiration for the viewers. I haven’t seen it yet, but you guys will see some inspiring attributes in this film, so hopefully you guys will enjoy it. Inspiration is the first thing that comes to mind.
When do you expect to be back on the court?
Hopefully soon. I’m doing everything I can to get back out there, and to be extremely strong and healthy, so hopefully I’ll be out there soon.
How frustrating is it that you were the first guy to come and turn things around, but now that the Knicks are contending for a title, you’re battling injuries?
It’s frustrating battling injuries, but it’s also phenomenal knowing that what I started is happening with Carmelo playing MVP basketball, J.R. Smith for the Sixth Man of the Year in my opinion, and Tyson Chandler who is playing well defensively for us. I think we have a great chance for a title.
How has the transition of being a vegan been for you in your life and what impact has it had on you?
It’s tough. There’s times I go off and on because it’s such a struggle, but when I’m on a vegan diet, I feel awesome, but still so addicted to food, and I love to eat so that makes it tough.
You said you’re interested in coaching and have officially stepped into the coaching arena. What is your goal with your new assistant coaching position?
I’m coaching for the Canadian National Team for the Maccabi Games in Israel this summer, and it’s a great opportunity to display my coaching skills to the world on the biggest stage.
Are you nervous about getting back in for the playoffs?
Tyson Chandler: No, you go out and have fun, and do what you’ve been doing the entire year. It’s what you prepare for and now is the time to show it.
What's your strategy for the series?
Iman Shumpert: My strategy is going to stay the same. Just use my confidence and keep guys uncomfortable on the defensive end. Whatever we have to do to win this series.
Amar'e Stoudemire: In The Moment debuts tonight on EPIX at 8 p.m. EDT.