Amar’e Stoudemire has announced his retirement from the NBA.
Stoudemire, a six time NBA All Star, the 2003 Rookie of the Year, and a five time All NBA selection, signed a deal with the New York Knicks to retire as a Knick.
“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,” said Stoudemire in a statement on Tuesday. “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.”
Stoudemire, who began his career as a Phoenix Sun, was a focal point on their exciting Steve Nash led teams.
“Amar’e’s eight seasons with our franchise provided some of the most exciting Suns basketball this city has ever seen,” stated the Suns in a statement. “Off the court, Amar’e represented himself with integrity and class every step of the way, leaving an indelible impression on countless kids in our community,” the Suns said. “We’re proud to have called Amar’e one of our own and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement. Congrats, STAT!”
Stoudemire may now opt to play overseas for Hapoel Jerusalem, a team that he co-owns.