By Sam Alipour
In October, Amar’e Stoudemire sparked a flurry of “WTHs” across social media with a bizarre selfie, snapped as he soaked in a bathtub full of red wine. Recently, I joined the Knicks center at Aire Ancient Baths in New York to get to the bottom of the story and, as it turned out, the aforementioned tub.
7:28pm: The six-time All-Star strolls into the spa’s candle-lit wine bath room and drops his white, fluffy robe. “Romantic, right?” he says with a sheepish grin. “Now you know my secret.” His secret: vinotherapy, his off-day recovery ritual for the past 10 months.
7:30: His 40-minute session begins. “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away,” he says as he plunges neck deep into a tub of the Spanish red Matarromera Crianza. Mixed with Antioxidant Red Grape Bath, heated to 98 degrees and gurgled with spa jets, the treatment purportedly detoxifies the body, stimulates blood flow and spruces the skin — not a bad Rx for a 32-year-old baller with a well-documented injury history.
7:34: But how does it feel? “Why don’t you come in and try it?” he offers. Ya think? “You’re only 5 feet tall,” he says, “so there’s plenty of room.” (Whoa, pal — it’s 5-7½!)
7:35: I peel off my work attire and join a 6-10, 245-pound man in a bathtub of hot booze. His advice: “Free your mind and enjoy the universe.” That’d be easier to do if our feet weren’t touching.
7:37: “Feels good, right?” Hmm, it feels … like money — up to $550 per 30-minute dip. Says the $23 million man: “I was hoping you got half on it.” Note to self: Request a raise.
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