The Daily Peep, Feb. 6

  • Feeling awful for Amar’e Stoudemire, who lost his brother, Hazell, in a car accident today. Sending positive thoughts to him and his family. A quote from a 2003 Kelli Anderson feature on Amar’e: “Amare started to dream of playing basketball professionally as a 14-year-old, when he shot up to 6’6″. As the Stoudemire brothers picked their way through the drug-infested neighborhood to the playground in Lake Wales, Fla., Hazell Jr.—who, according to Amare, is now 6’10″ and 315 pounds—kept the dealers at bay. ‘He’d tell them, ‘Don’t talk to my brother; he’s going to the court to play basketball,” says Amare. “And they never bothered me.’”
  • Another 2003 piece on Stoudemire and his family, by Peter de Jonge for The New York Times.
  • So happy for Michael Redd, who started on Saturday against the Bobcats. From Brett Pollakoff’s piece: “One of the proudest moments of my career,” Redd said afterward, when asked what this performance meant to him. “To get the win was obviously the key. But to come back, through the tears, through the hurt, through the hours of rehab, training to come back and accomplish this, is maybe the most proud moment of my career, actually.”
  • Couper Moorhead on Mario Chalmers and his shot.
  • Kevin Pelton’s All-Star picks. Spoiler: Brandon Jennings is one of them. Wooo.
  • Bethlehem Shoals on new Clipper Kenyon Martin.
  • Keith Smart on DeMarcus Cousins: “I think he’s in better condition. To be a rebounder, you’ve got to be in shape, because they don’t just come to you. Those are things where it’s not like an offensive player, where someone is passing you the ball. You don’t have to be in great shape to be an offensive player. But to be a rebounder or a defender, it requires you to be in much better shape. And I think because of that, he has much better conditioning now. That’s helping a whole lot. And he’s also rebounding out of his area. He has great hands. He can rebound the basketball not just when he’s near the basket, but he rebounds out of his area, which is a huge difference.”
  • The latest in John Schuhmann’s “Film Study” series, on the Nuggets’ offense.
  • The Heat’s “Big Five” lineup is pretty awesome.
  • Keith Bogans wasn’t thrilled to leave Chicago, he told K.J. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “When I walked in the gym and they told me I wasn’t practicing after they had seen me all week since Monday, that was kind of a slap in the face. But it’s cool. I’ve been through a lot in this league but nothing like that. It definitely made me a better man, a better person and a better basketball person.” I think some people will rip Bogans for this, saying it’s a part of the job. It is a part of the job, but I think you need to read and take in the quotes at the beginning of the piece. The Bulls were his family. He was hurt. He’s being honest. I’m cool with that.
  • Mo Williams sounds a lot like his teammate, Chauncey Billups: “I don’t like to lose. I’m miserable on a losing team,” Williams told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I’m not going to be productive on a losing team.That’s just me. I don’t have any motivation to play for a losing team at all.”
  • This is the best Wizards jersey ever.
  • More weirdness in Washington: One of Nick Young’s Twitter followers has to eat 12 syrup sandwiches in a minute without taking a drink.
  • We’ll end on this:

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