New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire to Judge 2014 Miss America Pageant

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 14, 2013

May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire looks on before the first half of game one of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. Pacers won the game 102-95. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Amar'e Stoudemire and Lance Bass now have one thing in common: Both will be Miss America judges when the contest takes place next month. 

The 30-year-old, who played just 29 games last season, will judge a bevy of beautiful women because life can indeed be pretty spectacular sometimes. 

If his knees are up to it, perhaps he can show some of the contestants how to glide. 

According to Amy Kuperinsky of The Star-Ledger, Joshua Bell (violinist), Mario Cantone (comedian), Barbara Corcoran (investor on Shark Tank), Carla Hall (food-and-talk show co-host) and Deidre Downs Gunn (last Miss America to be crowned at the current venue) will join STAT and the former 'N Sync singer as celebrity judges in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 15. 

Yes, it's a veritable who's who of...wait, who?

Miss America CEO and chairman Sam Haskell told The Star-Ledger he was absolutely thrilled with the judges selected for this year's pageant. "I think we looked for talented individuals. I think we looked for a diverse panel. People who are respected in their various fields. We've come through with a royal flush."

For many, Bass and Stoudemire will stick out as the most recognizable faces on the judges' panel when the event heads back to New Jersey, the event's birthplace, after a nine-year run in Las Vegas. 

For Stoudemire, this is just the latest chapter amid a busy summer. The NBA star applied for Israeli citizenship in August, bought a chunk of a basketball team in Jerusalem and even found time to get married. 

The six-time All-Star has career averages of 21.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists last season in just 23.5 minutes per game. 

The Knicks signed the power forward to a five-year, $100 million contract before the 2010-11 season, and things look to be getting better and better for the 11-year veteran. 


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