Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement on Tuesday (July 26), shortly after signing a contract with the New York Knicks.
“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.”
Stoudemire, 33, retires after 14 seasons, closing his career with averages of 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 games, of which he played for Phoenix, New York, Dallas and Miami.
He is also a 6-time All-Star and was selected to two All-NBA first teams, and Rookie of the Year honors in 2003.
On Tuesday, he inked a one-year non-guaranteed contract with New York before announcing his retirement.