Earlier this week on Tuesday (July 26th), Amar'e Stoudemire finalized a one year contract of inking a deal with the New York Knicks. Following the business transaction, the former Miami Heat basketball player announced his retirement.
In Amar'e Stoudemire's statement quoted below, the six time NBA All-Star disclosed his excitement of getting signed to the Knicks and the significance of retiring as one.
"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 continued with his statement, on how his heart has always been with the New York Knicks, no matter what team he played on across the nation.
"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."
During his statement, Amar'e reflected on the goal to redeem the Knicks and accomplishing it with his fellow teammate.
"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."
In 2003, Amar'e Stoudemire became the NBA's Rookie of The Year. Since then, he has went on to fulfill athletic accomplishments and will retire after 14 seasons. Stoudemire played on several different NBA teams, including the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. He will conclude his career averaging at 18.9 points in 846 games and 7.8 rebounds.