Why Did Phoenix Suns Legend Amar’e Stoudemire Retire as a New York Knick?

July 26th, 2016 by Yaron Weitzman Leave a reply »

Most of what you'll read Tuesday will be about how Amar'e Stoudemire revitalized New York Knicks basketball. This narrative might have been at the forefront of his basketball obituary anyway, but Stoudemire's curious decision to retire as a member of the Knicks, despite having played nearly twice as many years for the Phoenix Suns, makes his time in New York a larger part of the story.

The Suns drafted Stoudemire out of high school in 2002. He grew up as a professional in Phoenix, played eight seasons there and had his best years for that organization. Five of Stoudemire's six All-Star nods came while he was with the Suns. He made just one All-Star team in his four-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks.

When most basketball fans think about Stoudemire, they'll visualize him donning a purple Suns jersey and soaring through the air. When basketball historians consider his Hall of Fame case, Exhibit A will be his 2007-08 season, when he averaged a beastly 25.2 points per game on ridiculously efficient 59 percent shooting.

Yet Tuesday Stoudemire's retirement statement came from the Knicks, after he signed a one-day c ...

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