Amar’e Stoudemire, one of the premier men of the previous decade, has called it a day after 14 successful seasons in the NBA. Stoudemire’s retirement was announced by the New York Knicks, the franchise that the forward played nearly five seasons for.
Since Stoudemire intended to retire a Knick, he signed a contract before hanging it up. “I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil (Jackson) and Steve (Mills) for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire was quoted as saying in a statement issued by New York on Tuesday.
Amar’e Stoudemire had a solid career
During his prime, Stoudemire was one of the ten best players in the league, averaging over 25 points per game in three different seasons (2004-05, 2007-08 and 2010-11). Even though his most successful stint came under coach Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire guided New York to the playoffs in his first three years in the Big Apple before things went downhill in 2013-14.
And though Stoudemire didn’t enjoy a lot of success in New York, he intends to retire as part of the illustrious Knicks franchise. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo (Anthony), Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year’s acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again.
“Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick,” added Stoudemire.
With injuries taking a toll, Stoudemire’s production saw a major dip after 2013, forcing New York to agree to a contract buyout and subsequently waive him. After that, Stoudemire played 23 games for Dallas Mavericks in 2014-15 and played 52 games for Miami Heat last season, his last in the league.
Golden era of Phoenix…
The Phoenix Suns, who endured a golden era in the mid 2000s thanks to 1-2 punch of Stoudemire and Steve Nash, congratulated the retiring forward. “Amar’e’s eight seasons with our franchise provided some of the most exciting Suns basketball this city has ever seen.
“Off the court, Amar’e represented himself with integrity and class every step of the way, leaving an indelible impression on countless kids in our community. We’re proud to have called Amar’e one of our own and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement. Congrats, STAT!”
Amar’e Stoudemire signs off with a career tally of 18.9 points per game and 7.8 rebounds. Stoudemire, the 2003 Rookie of the Year, made the All NBA First Team in 2007 and made four All NBA Second Teams in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He will finish as a 6-time All-Star.