24/7-365. Basketball Lives Here.
After 14 seasons, Amare Stoudemire has announced his retirement from the NBA. The surprising thing about this announcement was that the 33-year-old forward signed a one-day deal so that he could retire as a member of the New York Knicks.
The best years of Amare’s career came as a member of the Phoenix Suns, where he became an NBA Rookie of the Year, 5-Time All-Star, and one of the most dominant players in the league. STAT averaged 21.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game through eight seasons in Phoenix. He finishes his career with six All-Star appearances, some of the nastiest dunks in league history and career averages of 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Via NBA.com:
“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 said. “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.”