Amar’e Stoudemire thinks that you miss him. Why else do you think he keeps showing up, well, everywhere? He has a new sneaker and a clothing line, and he appeared on HBO’s “Entourage.” Oh, and he loves talking about the “new league” the NBA stars plan to start. “That’s why we’re trying to create this new league,” he told me at yet another event. “To help the young players. And to really give back to the fans.” If only the fans cared. The NBA lockout has dragged on for four months now, but have you actually noticed? If Melo and D-Wade and the man who wants to be known as the Renaissance Man (that would be Amar’e) weren’t desperately trying to draw attention to their sport, would you even notice? The reality of the lockout: It’s given us a chance to remember that the first half of the NBA season is about as compelling as the World Thumb Wrestling Championships. Talks between owners and players fell apart this week, even with federal mediator George Cohen around. Instantly, NBA folks expressed regret, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that “we recognize that we are disappointing millions of fans . . .”… Read full this story
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