It’s official. Amar’e Stoudemire is a former Knick, as they announced that the team put their power forward on waivers today.
“Amar’e’s period as a Knickerbocker has come to pass, at his request. His time here should be marked by recognizing his effort – it was 100-percent,” Knicks President Phil Jackson said. “As we move forward in structuring this team, we will look for players that exhibit his desire to win.”
Much like the way Pedro Martinez was with the Mets, Stoudemire tenure was more of a symbol than a bang for the buck contract. After a tremendous first season, which helped the Knick trade for Carmelo Anthony, Stoudemire struggled with injuries – especially his knees which seemed to get progressively worse.
Now in his last year of his contract, the Knicks bought him out to allow the power forward to play for a contender.
“I feel truly blessed to have been able to play for the incredible New York fans, Mr. Dolan, my coaches, teammates and the entire Knicks organization for the past five years,” Stoudemire said. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community. Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”
Stoudemire finished his Knicks career averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 255 games over five seasons, while making three consecutive NBA Playoff appearances from 2011-13. His 4,411 total regular-season points ranks him 36th all-time. In 2011, Stoudemire represented New York at the NBA All-Star Game, becoming the first Knicks player to be named a starter for the Eastern Conference in 14 years, scoring 29 points.