Amar'e Stoudemire is retiring after 14 seasons in the NBA and signed a contract with the New York Knicks on Tuesday in order to retire as a member of the team.
Stoudemire played well in spurts both off the bench and as a starter in his lone season with the Miami Heat as his role and minutes fluctuated. Though he wasn't utilized during the early part of the season, he began carving out a place in the rotation gradually and eventually started 36 games, his most since the 2011-12 season in New York when injuries started to take a major toll on his health. He ended up averaging a career low 5.8 points, with 4.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 14.7 minutes over the course of 52 games in Miami.
"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 in a team statement. "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 played from 2010 to 2014 with the Knicks before moving on to Dallas to close out the 2014-15 season and then signing a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum in Miami last summer.
"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," said Mills, the Knicks' general manager. "When Amar'e asked us to retire as a Knick, we were honored to oblige."
The 33-year-old retires with career averages of 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games playing for the Phoenix Suns, New York, Dallas Mavericks and Miami. He was a six-time All-Star and was the 2003 Rookie of the Year.