Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has announced his retirement from playing basketball after playing one season in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem.
During his season with the Hapoel Jerusalem the former NBA player picked up the MVP of the All-Star game; Stoudemire spent 14 seasons in the NBA and played with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Last year he announced his retirement from the NBA when he signed a one-day contract with the Knicks, despite spending the best of his years at the Suns.
At the time of the announcement he said: “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 entered the NBA as a No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft and quickly went on to impress with the Suns.
“As the 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year and a five-time All-Star during his time in Phoenix, Amare’s eight seasons with our franchise provided some of the most exciting Suns basketball this city has ever seen,” the Suns said in a statement.
The move to the Knicks should have heralded a return to the top for the New York team as Stoudemire averaged 25.3 points in his first season and he became the first Knicks player to be named an All-Star since Patrick Ewing in 1997. Unfortunately that was not to be and due to a series of injuries he never regained his initial form.
Knicks traded him during the 2014-2015 season to Dallas before he headed to Miami Heat for his last season in the NBA.
Shortly after his NBA retirement he announced that he wold be signing for Harpoel Jerusalem, the team he part-owns, who won the Israeli championship in 2015 and then went on to play in the EuroCup in 2016.
Speaking via his official Instagram page, Stoudemire wrote:
“We enjoyed the city, its people, the holy places and of course Hapoel fans, Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play I feel it is my time now, to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better.”