Amar'e Stoudemire is not only excited to be the newest member of the Miami Heat but thrilled at the opportunity to be able to stay in South Florida, where he's lived for several years, and be close to his family and friends.
In a conference call to reporters Tuesday, Stoudemire outlined the many reasons why he took a discount to help strengthen Miami's depth.
"I think, for one, I believe that the team that we're establishing can be a contender in the East for sure," he said. "And plus, with me playing back in Florida, I have a lot of roots and family and friends that are in Florida so it makes it as convenient as possible for me to play there.
"There was a lot of calls. But not only with the team being there in Miami, I thought it was a great fit for my family and it's been comfortable back in my home state."
He understands he will likely be used as a reserve but is open to doing whatever is needed to help the team succeed.
"It's whatever the coaching staff (wants)," he said. "I can play however much, however long I need to. Whatever it takes to win. So if that means playing more minutes at the 4 or the 5, then my body is strong enough and willing to do that."
Part of that is staying healthy after multiple injuries greatly limited his athleticism during his time with the New York Knicks. Stoudemire insists he feels healthy and ready to contribute in whatever capacity Erik Spoelstra sees fit.
"I feel great," he said. "We still have another three, four months to go before the season starts but so far, I'm building off a strong season last year and now it's two straight years of feeling strong. I think that's a positive thing for me."