Amare Stoudemire Announces Retirement as a New York Knick
Amar’e Stoudemire has retired from the NBA after 14 seasons. The 6-time All Star played for the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat during his career. In the end, he chose to sign a 1-day contract and retire with the Knicks.
Stoudemire released the following statement:
“I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so I can officially retire as a New York Knick. 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.”
The decision to retire as a Knick is a bit questionable considering Stoudemire’s years with the Suns surpassed his time with the Knicks in both quantity and quality. He played 8 years in Phoenix compared to just 4 1/2 in New York. 4 of his 6 All Star appearances came while residing in the desert. He averaged 21.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg for the Suns — compared to just 17.4 ppg. and 6.7 rpg. for the Knicks.
He also enjoyed far greater team success in Phoenix. In 2010, the Suns swept the San Antonio Spurs out of the playoffs and took the Los Angeles Lakers to 6 games in the Western Conference Finals. The Knicks won 1 playoff series during his time in New York.
Stoudemire may be harboring hard feelings towards the Suns’ organization after they failed to offer him a maximum contract when he became a free agent in 2010. They were wary of his chronic knee condition and that continued deterioration would not warrant the contract. Stoudemire wanted to be rewarded for past performance, while the Suns wanted to invest in future production.
The Suns’ projections proved accurate as his final season in Phoenix would be the final injury-free season of his career. Stoudemire missed an average of 26 games per season while with the Knicks.
That being said, Stoudemire was one of the greatest players in Suns history and hopefully time will repair the damage so the franchise can honor him properly.
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