Amar’e Stoudemire stepped away from the NBA in July 2016, signing a one-day deal with the New York Knicks, where he spent 4.5 NBA seasons. Apparently, he feels ready to return to the league.
After leaving the NBA, Stoudemire spent one year in Israel. He won a championship with Hapoel Jerusalem in 2017.
Right now, he’s playing in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league, serving as captain of Tri-State, which also features Jermaine O’Neal and Nate Robinson.
He plans to parlay this year’s Big 3 season into a return to the NBA. He spoke to TMZ Sports about his comeback plans.
From Amar’e Stoudemire on ending his retirement from the NBA:
“My goal is to come back to the NBA. That’s what I’m training for, that’s what I’m striving for. The Big 3 is a great platform for me to stay in shape.
“I spoke to a few teams. It’s very shallow conversations right now, everyone’s gearing up for free agency, they’re trying to lock in their big guys, I’m just getting myself in shape so when the time comes, I’ll be ready to go.”
He says he doesn’t have a team preference, and that he just wants a chance to play at the highest level once again.
Stoudemire played from 2002-16, making six all-star games and an All-NBA First Team in 2007. Coming out of high school, he has a lot of basketball under his belt, and a long injury history, but he is only 35.