By Jason Lieser

After 14 seasons, more than 26,000 minutes and multiple knee surgeries, there was good reason to wonder if Amar’e Stoudemire had anything left as the Heat kept him on the bench the first two months of this season.

Stoudemire has answered that question emphatically. Not only is he averaging 6.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as the Heat’s starting center the past two months, he has had plenty of forceful dunks and stunning rejections at the rim. In Tuesday’s victory at New Orleans, he scored a season-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds and two blocks, doing all of that in a mere 15 minutes.

His solid season has reinforced his desire to play a few more years, and that seems realistic based on what he’s done lately. How does he keep his body going at this point? It starts with what he puts in it.

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