Amar’e Stoudemire speaks out on his ultimate goal after basketball career
Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire might not be in league anymore, but he is still playing basketball at the professional level.
Stoudemire has been playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv this 2019-20 season, averaging 1.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his first six Euroleague contests with the club. The big man also had 15 points and four rebounds in the team’s second game following a three-month hiatus due to COVID-19.
Amar’s is hoping NBA fans recognize his contributions to the game when all is said and done. The 37-year-old wants to transition to the agency world once he hangs up his sneakers, but first, he would like to be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (via Tadi Abedje of FOX Sports 1340):
“I would like people to say Amar’e Stoudemire is a Hall of Famer. That would be the icing on the cake,” the six-time NBA All-Star said.
For what it’s worth, the former Phoenix Suns standout has a decent case.
Aside from his six All-Star appearances, Stoudemire also has five All-NBA selections to his name. This includes a first-team All-NBA selection in the 2006-07 season, during which Stoudemire averaged 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Interestingly enough, the best year of Stoudemire’s career probably came in the following season, when he averaged 25.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while shooting close to 60 percent from the field.
Sadly, Amar’e succumbed to injuries. He was dominant in his first year with the New York Knicks, but he was soon plagued by knee injuries that derailed his prime.
Still, it is hard to ignore what Amar’s Stoudemire accomplished during his career, especially with the Suns. He was one of the definitive bigs in the league for the better part of a decade, and a staple in Phoenix’s “seven seconds or less” offense under former head coach Mike D’Antoni.