After a 14-year NBA career, during which he made six All-Star games, an All-NBA First Team (2007), four All-NBA Second Teams, and won the 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, Amar’e Stoudemire has retired from professional basketball. After spending some time with the Miami Heat in 2015-16, Stoudemire, 33, signed a one-day deal with his second team, the New York Knicks, to officially retire. Knicks PR made the announcement on Twitter moments ago.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) July 26, 2016
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 26, 2016
Stoudemire’s Knicks career got off to a fantastic start in 2010-11, when he broke a franchise record for consecutive 30 point games with nine. The bulk of his success, however, came with the Phoenix Suns, where he formed a dynamic duo with future Hall of Famer Steve Nash. Stoudemire made five straight All-Star games from 2007-11, and was one of the league’s top power forwards during that stretch. Constant injuries, which necessitated microfracture surgery in 2005 and a right knee debridement in 2013, derailed his Knicks career. After leaving New York, he played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, before catching on with the Heat in 2015-16.
Stoudemire made the leap to the NBA directly out of High School in 2002 after originally committing to play for John Calipari at Memphis as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, per Scout. He was selected ninth overall by the Suns.