Stoudemire signed a new contract with the Knicks and subsequently said that he would retire from basketball.
“I wish to thank Phil Jackson, Mr. Dolan, and Steve Mills for getting me signed so I can retire as a New York Knick,” said Stoudemire.
“I came to New York city in 2010 to help invigorate the franchise and did just that. Phil, Carmelo [Anthony], and Steve have sustained this quest. With the year’s acquisitions, the team appears playoff-bound again. Even though my career has pushed me to other locations around the nation, my heart always remained in with Knicks.”
Stoudemire, 33, has averaged 18.9 points with 7.8 rebounds in about 846 career games over fourteen seasons for Dallas, Phoenix, New York, and Miami. The 6-foot-10 forward was named an All-Star player six times and was selected to two All-NBA teams, forming one-half of a challenging pick-and-roll duo in the Phoenix team with point guard Steve Nash. He was also named NBA Rookie of the Year 2003 after joining the league straight from high school.
In the statement, the Suns congratulated the star on his career.
“Stoudemire’s seasons with our franchise provided the most thrilling Suns basketball the city has ever experienced. Off the court, Amar’e embodied himself with class and integrity every step of his way, leaving a permanent impression on many kids in the community,” the Suns said.”
It is unclear if Stoudemire intends to play overseas. The player has profitable interest from China, and may join Hapoel Jerusalem, the team he co-owns. Stoudemire plans to rest before deciding if he plans to play pro basketball overseas in the coming season.
Stoudemire played some parts of the five seasons in summer of 2010 in New York as a free agent. Injury flawed his Knicks tenure, but he is recognized for signing with the club at a time when the other big-name free agents had not seriously given the club consideration. Stoudemire averaged 25.3 points with 8.2 rebounds. He was named in All-NBA second team in his opening season with the Knicks.