With 14 NBA seasons under his belt, Amar’e Stoudemire signs a ceremonial one-day contract with New York to retire wearing Orange and Blue.
The 33-year-old power forward first joined the Knicks in 2010 on a quest to bring the glory days back to the Big Apple. Unfortunately, this dream did not fully materialize as it became a rollercoaster ride for the entire organization and for his individual well-being as a player as well. Injuries played a huge role in the decline of his career.
Over the years, the plague of injuries has kept him on the sidelines. When he was given chances to get out on the court, he proved to be inconsistent. Far from the Amar’e that the league has grown to love, previously with the Phoenix Suns.
Stoudemire spent the early years of his career with the Phoenix Suns, where he flourished as a huge offensive threat and gained tons of success. Partnering with Steve Nash and duly guided by Mike D’Antoni, Stoudemire and the Suns became one of the most feared offensive teams in the league. His name still stands on Phoenix’s all-time list for points, rebounds, and blocks.
Known for being a dominant big guy and strong finisher on the inside during his prime, Stoudemire ends his NBA career with 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games for Phoenix, New York, Dallas, and Miami, as noted by NBA.com.
“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,” Stoudemire said.
With his retirement, Amar’e leaves behind a team that is eager to compete at a high level and get back into the postseason. With Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee joining Melo and the young Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks march into the next season with high hopes.