NBA – Stoudemire Announces Retirement as Knick

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NBA – Stoudemire Announces Retirement as Member of the New York Knicks

Amar’e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks public relations department announced his retirement through  Twitter on Tuesday July 27. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA and signed a 1 day contract with the New York Knicks. Stoudemire expressed his  sincere gratitude towards the New York franchise in a statement:

“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,”

The six time All-Star Stoudemire calls it quits at 33 years old. He averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games over 14 seasons for Phoenix, New York, Dallas and Miami. He signed a $100 million deal with the Knicks after leaving the Suns in free agency six years ago. New York fans are at odds with his contribution to the Knicks during his tenure. However, Stoudemire sought to turn the fortunes of the Knicks around when he signed.

Amar’e Stoudemire Loves New York

“Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple,” said Stoudemire. “Once a Knick, Always a Knick.”

Stoudemire really did make his mark in New York and Madison Square Garden as he entered his name into the  Knicks’ record book during his first season.  Stoudemire put his name over Willie Naulls’ 48-year-old franchise record by scoring 30 or more points in nine straight games.
The sobering thought though was just how much more spectacular Amar’e Stoudemire could have been had injuries not hindered his prime years. However this passed NBA Playoffs, Stoudemire stepped up and started two games for the Miami Heat; showing that he could still contribute at a high level.

Players Reactions

Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, and Jeremy Lin congratulated Stoudemire on Twitter. A whole host of NBA players posted their fond memories of Amar’e. Back when he was the freakish athletic monster before Blake Griffin.  Instead of the occasional flash.