By Brian Boucher

Ex-basketballer Amar’e Stoudemire has gained notice for his efforts to become known as, in his words, a “legit and serious” art collector, snapping up works by blue-chip artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol as well as younger names like Rob Pruitt and street artist Retna.

This year, artnet News named him one of our young collectors to watch.

Now he’s hoping to make a new name for himself, advising athletes on building their own collections, according to a profile in the New York Times, which indicates that ballers like the Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem and Justise Winslow and Memphis Grizzly Chandler Parsons have sought his advice. And it’s not only athletes; actress Gabrielle Union asked him for help when shopping for a gift for her husband, according to the profile.

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