After 14 seasons in the league, perennial all-star Amare Stoudemire is hanging it up. Selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 9th overall pick in the 2002 draft straight outta high school. The 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year spent time with the Suns, Knicks, Mavericks and Heat. Despite all the success STAT had in the desert, Stoudemire decided to retire in the Big Apple.
“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,” Stoudemire said. “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.”
Amare Stoudemire, one of the greatest Hebrew basketball players of all time, has retired today.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 26, 2016