Amare Stoudemire may have retired from the NBA as a Knick, after signing a one-day contract with the team he has helped rejuvenate as a playoff contender back in 2010, but he hasn’t retired from the sport. He’s moving to a team in Israel he’s part owner of– the Hapoel Jerusalem.
Once a Knick, always a Knick, as the saying goes, but looking back in his career Amare Stoudemire recalls his best days in the league in Phoenix.
Stoudemire initially intended to retire from the NBA with the Phoenix Suns where his fourteen-year career had started but didn’t get a favorable response, according to the New York Post.
“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix, but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire said.
“That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places — Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.”
Amare Stoudemire may have picked New York as an afterthought in this case, although one can’t deny his love for the Knicks after leading its transformation together with Carmelo Anthony for nearly six years.
In a press conference in Israel, Stoudemire revealed his all-time team consists of Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Shaq, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Two of them were his teammates: Steve Nash & Shaq, which further manifests his longing for his best days in the league.
The heydays of his career were as a member of the Phoenix Suns as Steve Nash’s pick and roll partner. It served as a foundation, the formative years of his career. And although he said he doesn’t play for fun, but to win, he couldn’t deny Shaq’s big personality and sense of humor.
It’s just unfortunate how the Suns couldn’t give him the opportunity to retire with them. In fact, Amare Stoudemire feels disrespected overall for being displaced in the NBA because his game style no longer fits well with its offensive direction.
“Do I feel overlooked by teams in the NBA? For sure. I came off a great season with the Miami Heat. I started 37-38 of the last 40 games, my stats were pretty good. But teams want to go younger and have a different mindset about basketball.” Stoudemire said, as reported by Uproxx.
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