Fourteen-year NBA veteran Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the league today after signing a ceremonial contract with the New York Knicks.
He is 33 years old and was a six-time All-Star.
Stoudemire — who came into the league as the ninth overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft out of Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, Fla.) — averaged 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game over the course of his career with the Phoenix Suns, Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat.
Once looked at as one of the most athletically-gifted forwards in the league, his career was derailed by various knee injuries, and last season with Miami, he averaged just 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game. It was the first time he scored less than 10 points per game in a season (excluding 2005-06 season in which he played just three games).
“I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said in a statement. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just…