Amar’e Stoudemire is saying farewell to his career as one of the NBA’s most dependable stars. While he’s calling it quits on his 14-years in the league, he made the bombshell move of singing a one day contract with the New York Knicks so he can retire as a player for his beloved former team.
Thanks for the greatness! Amar’e Stoudemire, 33, announced his retirement July 26 after 14 incredible seasons in the NBA, but he’s going out on his own terms, literally. He played five seasons with the New York Knicks from 2010 – 2015 before being traded to Dallas and then Miami, but he wants to leave the league as a member of the Knicks so he signed a one day contract with the team before his retirement is official. What a baller move! So now if he goes into the Hall of Fame which he most likely will, it will be as a member of his beloved Knicks.
Amar’e shot to fame when he entered the league in 2003, playing for the Phoenix Suns. He was named rookie of the year and spent eight seasons with the team, being named an all-star five times. Upon his retirement announcement, the Suns put out a statement praising his achievements with the team and saying that, “During his time in Phoenix, Amar’e eight seasons with our franchise provided some of the most exciting Suns basketball this city has ever seen.”
Amar’e opted out of his contract with the Suns in 2010 to sign a blockbuster five year $99.7 million contract with the Knicks. He helped bring some greatness to the then-lackluster team, which thanks to the additions of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billups ended up sending the Knicks to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Unfortunately he had injury plagued seasons in 2013 and 2014 and the team waived him in 2015 after buying out his contract. He went on to play single seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat before announcing his retirement.
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