After spending 14 seasons in the NBA and one year overseas, veteran forward Amar’e Stoudemire is ready to officially step away from the game of basketball.
He announced his retirement from the NBA in 2016 after a season with Miami, and declared his intentions to play with Hapoel Jerusalem and win a championship. After accomplishing this goal, Stoudemire made an official announcement on Instagram that would be his final season:
Thank you @_winner_league @thejerusalem_post @sport_5 @jerusalembasket "When I decided last summer to retire from the NBA and join Hapoel Jerusalem, my intentions were to help this team, from this holy city win my first championship with the team and the second championship in franchise history. I am extremely proud that not only did we meet that goal, but that this achievement, capped arguably the best season this team has ever had. Reaching all three local finals, of which we won two, along with a eurocup semifinals appearance, personally winning the All Star Game MVP Award ? and coming to within one game of the finals, made it a truly remarkable season. I am extremely proud that not only did we meet that goal, but that this achievement, capped arguably the best season this team has ever had. It has been a great ride for myself and my family. We enjoyed the city, it's 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. I would like to thank Hapoel Jerusalem president. Ori Allon, and the entire Hapoel Jerusalem organization for giving me the opportunity to retire as a champion ?and doing it in the holiest of cities made even more special. I wish my teammates, friends and fans another great season. Yalla Hapoel!!" #kingdombusiness #shabbtshalom
Stoudemire, 34, is a shareholder of Hapoel Jerusalem and will continue to be so moving forward, according to multiple reports.
It’s unclear whether he would have interest in potentially returning to the NBA in a consulting, coaching or front office role if the opportunity came.
Stoudemire spent eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, five with the Knicks, one with the Heat and one with Hapoel Jerusalem. His prime years came toward the end of his Suns career, when he was named an All-Star five consecutive seasons from 2007-11.