Amar'e Stoudemire said he tried numerous times to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns

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Amar'e Stoudemire finished his career on Tuesday with the New York Knicks after signing a one-day contract with the franchise he represented for five years from 2010.

During his time at Madison Square Garden, the forward/center helped the organisation reach the playoffs three times - still the last time the Knicks made it to the postseason - and claimed All-Star honours in his debut season while finishing top ten in the race for the MVP award.

Without a doubt, the greatest stage of his career came during his nine years with the Phoenix Suns. He developed a fearsome understanding with Steve Nash and led the franchise to the greatest period of success in their history as they consistently challenged in the Western Conference.

The 33-year-old admitted he made attempts to rejoin the Suns over the past two years but "wasn't getting any positive response."

"That would've been the perfect way to go out," Stoudemire told The Arizona Republic. "I didn't want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places -- Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.

"I'm at peace with it because I gave everything that I had. It took a while. The game is such a beautiful game. I was truly in love with it, but there were no teams who needed my position."

After 14 years in the NBA that saw him average 18.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks, Stoudemire is a serious contender for entry into the Hall of Fame once he is eligible. After leaving the Big Apple, his career fizzled out with spells at the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat as he dealt with injury problems.

One of the last ever prep-to-pro players, his achievements in the game can be underappreciated, but there was a time when he was one of them most feared big men in the game.

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