WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire took time Saturday afternoon to sign his new book, "Slam Dunk," at Barnes & Noble in White Plains.
The book is Stoudemire’s third in the "STAT" ("Standing Tall And Talented") series, a book pitched toward kids to get them interested in reading. Stoudemire said he wrote the book to teach children how important it is to read.
“I wanted to write a book that would intrigue them,” Stoudemire said. “When they see me write a book it sparks their interest in reading a little bit more. I wanted to write something that they’d like. It’s very close to my life and my upbringing and adventures growing up.”
Knicks fan Jesse Silberfein said he was excited to meet one of his favorite players, as was fellow fan Riley Nieman.
“I really like how he came to the Knicks when they were struggling and helped bring basketball back in New York,” Nieman said. “I’m honored to meet him."
Knicks fan Kristin Foresti said that she goes to a lot of Knicks’ games with her family and is happy that she had a chance to meet Stoudemire.
“I think he’s a really good player,” Foresti said. “He came back from injury, which I really admire.”