On Tuesday, Amar'e Stoudemire inked a one-year non-guaranteed contract with the New York Knicks before immediately announcing his retirement.
The 33-year-old averaged 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games over 14 seasons for Phoenix, New York, Dallas and Miami. He spent last year rotating with Hassan Whiteside in South Beach, but he is most famously remembered for his time with the Phoenix Suns.
The 6'10" forward/center was named an All-Star six times, selected to two All-NBA first teams and was also named 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year after entering the league directly from high school.
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He formed a potent pick and roll duo with Steve Nash for the Suns and was part of the Phoenix unit that won 62 games in the 2004-05 season under now-Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.
In 2010, he moved to New York in free agency when the big market had become less attractive than it had been previously.
"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."
The New York front office echoed Stoudemire's sentiments and wanted to show their appreciation for a man that played a vital role in their organisation for half a decade.
"For parts of six years, Amar'e Stoudemire was the face of the New York Knicks franchise because of his excellence on the court and his dedication to our community and our fans across the world," Mills, the Knicks GM, said. "When Amar'e asked us to retire as a Knick, we were honored to oblige."
According to ESPN reporter Marc Stein's sources, the big man could go abroad next season and join Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli team he co-owns. He apparently also has lucrative interest from China, but whether he takes up those opportunities or not, his NBA days are over.