Amar’e Stoudemire has announced his retirement from the NBA after 14 seasons. He has agreed to a ceremonial contract where he will retire as a member of the Knicks.
He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, going on to win Rookie of the Year and form a devastating partnership with Steve Nash, under the tutelage of offense orientated coach Mike D’Antoni.
The six-time All-Star then signed with the New York Knicks as an unrestricted free agent and initially enjoyed success after being paired with Carmelo Anthony. However, in the 2012-13 season, Stoudemire underwent knee surgery which began a spiral of consistent knee problems. As a result he unfortunately couldn’t return to his form of old and played out the rest of his career as a impact player off the bench at the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.
“I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills for signing me so I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said, per USA Today. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that.
“Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart has always remained in the Big Apple.”
Known for thumping dunks, Stoudemire was a devastating force that at times was unplayable, regularly posterizing those who had the courage to leap with him.
There is no doubt that Stat enjoyed his best years in Phoenix with Nash by his side, however he quickly warmed to New York who took a chance on him as their big money signing in 2010.
Stoudemire may still opt to play overseas, however it is reported that his decision will be made in the coming months.