Suit, plaid shirt and glasses, Stoudemire’s own. Necktie, Brioni ($225). 57 E. 57th St., 646-624-5600. Royal Oak Offshore watch, Audemars Piguet ($32,100). 65 E. 57th St., 212-758-8400. Socks, Falke ($39). Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000. Logan penny loafers, G.H. Bass ($99). Tani, 131 W. 72nd St., 212-595-1338

MM: You say you’re spiritual. Does that mean you don’t hold to any particular religion? I call myself a humanist. I believe in the goodness of human beings and that we’re all struggling to be better.
I’m definitely spiritual, but I work on facts. From a spiritual standpoint, and also from facts and history, is what I arrive on.

MM: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that he had a dream for his four children, that one day we’d live in a nation where they’d be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Are we there yet, or do we still have work to do?
There’s a lot of work to do. We are not totally there yet, but we’ve made great strides from then until now. I think we’re continuing to make those strides in the right direction. But we still have a mountain. We still have a way to go.

MM: You’re a history buff. What do you think we learn from history?
I think we learn about humanity, how it all came about and where we all are from.

MM: It’s said that what we’ve learned from history is that we haven’t learned from history, that we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. How do we get around that?
First of all, you have to be open to the truth, to understand it and know that it’s factual. If you don’t think it’s factual, then look it up—in several different sources—to figure out if it adds up. And if it adds up, then it’s fact. Then you have to take the facts for what they are and stop trying to create something [non-factual] around them.

MM: Mythology?
Yeah, it’s just not cool. If you got facts, then let facts be facts. Don’t try and paint it.

MM: That comes with education?
[He takes a deep breath; it reminds me of a wise person trying to make a student understand, Yoda-like.] That comes with understanding.

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