Amar'e Stoudemire
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Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire Sr. is an American professional basketball player who plays as a power forward and center for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school basketball for six different schools, before graduating from Cypress Creek High School and declaring for the NBA draft as a prep-to-pro player. In high school, Stoudemire won several honors most notably being selected as Mr. Basketball for the state of Florida.
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Amar'e Stoudemire apologizes for making 'offensive comments against the LGBT community'
LATimes - 25 days
Retired NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire apologized Wednesday for recent remarks taken to be anti-gay. “I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said in a statement released by his current team, Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League. “These remarks...
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Amar’e Stoudemire Says He Would Steer Clear of Gay Teammate
NYTimes - 26 days
A response to a hypothetical question in Israel causes a stir.
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Amar'e Stoudemire Receives MLK Award For His Philanthropic Efforts
Huffington Post - 27 days
Amar’e Stoudemire was recognized for his philanthropic efforts Sunday night. The retired NBA center/power forward and current star player of Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, which honors individuals for their efforts to promote diversity and tolerance. The annual ceremony, presented by the State of Israel, Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, took place at the Mount Zion Hotel in Jerusalem. Through his foundation ― which is co-run by his wife, Alexis ― Stoudemire supports at-risk youth around the world by helping to eliminate poverty through education. “I am truly honored to be receiving this amazing award,” he said in a press release. “It is very gratifying to know that all the work that the Alexis and Amar’e Foundation has done over the years is not overlooked. I am blessed to be able to give back to the community, that’s what it’s all about.” Last August, Stoudemire hosted a ...
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Ex-N.B.A. Star Amar’e Stoudemire Rises as an Art Connoisseur
NYTimes - 5 months
The former Knick collects art, advises pro basketball players and was tapped by Sotheby’s to be a liaison to high net-worth athletes.
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Stoudemire chose Jerusalem over non-playoff NBA teams
Yahoo News - 8 months
Veteran basketball standout Amar'e Stoudemire on Monday said he turned down offers to continue playing in the NBA and decided to follow his "Hebraic roots" and play in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem. A former first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns and six-time All Star, Stoudemire, 33, last week called time on his NBA career and signed a two-year contact with Jerusalem, saying he wanted to lead rather than come off the bench. "I felt like I didn't want to just wait around and be the last guy on the roster, I don't want to end my career that way," Stoudemire told Reuters.
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Kobe Chronicles: Amar'e Stoudemire remembers Bryant dominating in playoff series
LATimes - 12 months
As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, The Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections about his career. Amar’e Stoudemire, a 15-year pro and six-time All Star now with the Miami Heat, played eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns and faced...
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Amar’e Stoudemire Laments Knicks’ Decline, Then Helps Sustain It
NYTimes - about 1 year
Stoudemire appeared to lob some subtle criticisms at Carmelo Anthony and reproached his former teammates for their halfhearted embrace of the triangle offense before helping his new team, the Miami Heat, defeat them.
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ New L.A.?
isports web - almost 2 years
LaMarcus Aldridge With the Portland Trail Blazers now in the same position as the Los Angeles Lakers, out of the playoffs, their focus turns to the offseason and retaining one of their key players who is headed towards free agency, LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge has said in the past that he intends to stay in Portland and was simply waiting to resign when it made more sense financially. However, after a rocky end to the season that saw injuries derail the team and end their season in a first round defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies, Aldridge’s future is as big a question mark as it has ever been. The perennial All- Star power forward recently thanked the Trail Blazers organization for his time with the team and said he hopes to continue the ride with the team that traded for him on draft night back in 2006. That being said, a lot of players’ minds change once they are wooed through free agency, just ask LeBron James about his 2010 decision. While Aldridge will not be a ...
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Mavs' Stoudemire slapped with $15,000 fine
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Dallas big man Amare Stoudemire was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his angry outburst at his ejection from the Mavericks' 112-102 loss to Memphis on Friday. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced the penalty imposed for Stoudemire's verbal abuse of a game official, and his failure to leave the court in a timely manner. Referee Scott Foster called two quick technical fouls on Stoudemire after he argued an offensive foul call against him. "I had to get my money's worth at that point," Stoudemire said.
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New York Knicks: Langston Galloway Provides Spark
isports web - about 2 years
The cheers in “The Mecca” Madison Square Garden have come few and far between this season. The New York Knicks currently sit at 14-54 in the standings and are tied for the worst record in the NBA. After all of the roster changes, including the injury to star forward Carmelo Anthony, the midseaon trade that included both J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert, and the contract buyout of Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks initiated operation “tank mode” earlier than expected. Although they are currently undergoing a historically bad season for the franchise, they may have found an unexpected gem in the process. Langston Galloway, a Baton Rouge native, is an undrafted rookie free-agent out of mid-major Saint Joseph’s University. In his time at SJU, Galloway earned honors such as Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team, All-Atlantic 10 Second team, All-Atlantic 10 First team, All-Championship team for the conference champion Hawks in his senior season, and also the inaugural All-State NABC Good Works Team for his co ...
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Mavericks balanced attack snaps Pelican's NBA win streak
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The Dallas Mavericks had six players in double figures as they used a balanced scoring attack to snap the New Orleans Pelicans' five-game winning streak with a 102-93 victory. Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo combined for 39 points for the Mavericks, who ended a two-game losing skid of their own. Ellis scored 20 and Rondo tallied 19 for Dallas, which shot 48 percent from the field. Richard Jefferson scored 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Amar'e Stoudemire and Devin Harris scored 14 apiece in the win.
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Amar'e may find new life with Mavs
USA Today - about 2 years
Amar'e Stoudemire should do well in the pick-and-roll or low post with Dallas.           
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Mavericks sign Stoudemire to boost playoff bid
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Amare Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, giving the NBA club a front-line boost with a six-time All-Star as it fights for a playoff berth. The move came two days after the New York Knicks, with the NBA's worst record of 10-43, released Stoudemire to give the playmaker a chance to join a title contender and boost their future funds under NBA salary cap rules. The Mavericks are 36-19, fifth in the Western Conference but in the middle of a pack of clubs battling for the third through seventh seeding spots over the final two months of the season.
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Knicks buyout deal makes Stoudemire a free agent
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Amare Stoudemire reached a buyout deal Monday with the worst team in the NBA the New York Knicks, making himself a free agent who could have a major impact for a team in playoff contention. Stoudemire was in the final season of a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million that he signed in 2010 before being released by the Knicks, already ensured of a losing season at 10-43. "Amare's period as a Knickerbocker has come to pass, at his request," Knicks president Phil Jackson said. Stoudemire has averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 36 games for the Knicks this season, 14 of them as a starter.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Amar'e Stoudemire
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On October 1, 2016, he helped Hapoel Jerusalem win the Israeli Basketball League Cup.
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    Though he retired from the NBA, Stoudemire did not retire from playing basketball, and on August 1, 2016, he signed a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, a team he co-owns in the Israeli Basketball Premier League.
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    On July 26, 2016, Stoudemire signed a contract with the New York Knicks in order to finish his career as a Knick, as he announced his retirement from the NBA later that day after 14 seasons in the league.
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    On January 31, 2016, he recorded season-highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks, starting in place of the injured Hassan Whiteside.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, he set a new season-high with 14 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets, starting at center for the Heat in his sixth straight game.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    He played in just one of the Heat's first 10 games of the 2015–16 season, largely due to knee soreness.
    More Details Hide Details He played eight minutes of first half action against the Sacramento Kings on November 19, scoring 10 points off the bench to spark the Heat early, as the team went on to win the game 116–109.
    On July 10, 2015, Stoudemire signed with the Miami Heat.
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    On February 18, 2015, Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
    More Details Hide Details Four days later, he made his debut for the Mavericks against the Charlotte Hornets and recorded 14 points in just 11 minutes off the bench. Stoudemire went on to play in 23 games for the Mavericks and averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
    On February 16, 2015, Stoudemire was waived by the Knicks after an agreement was reached to buy out his contract.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    In July 2013, Stoudemire met with Israeli president Shimon Peres, who urged him to join the Israel national basketball team.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2010 interview, Stoudemire was asked if there was a chance he was Jewish, Stoudemire said "I think through history, I think we all are". However, he was not able to confirm if he had Jewish roots.
    Having played predominantly in a bench role for the Knicks in 2013–14, Stoudemire's role in 2014–15 began much the same, and with it came solid production as he missed just one game over the first 28.
    More Details Hide Details He proved to be a solid leader off the bench for a fledgling Knicks team that had won just five games by mid-December, as he averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game up to and including the December 18 loss to Chicago. He went on to miss the next 12 out of 13 games with another knee injury, returning to action on January 15 in London to face Milwaukee, as he went scoreless in eight first-half minutes and didn't play after half time.
    After injuries limited him to 47 and 29 games played in the previous two seasons, respectively, Stoudemire bounced back for the Knicks in 2013–14.
    More Details Hide Details Not only did he manage to play in 65 games, but he grew stronger as the year progressed. He maintained his offensive efficiency as his workload increased, ultimately forcing his way into the starting five for good on March 3 in Detroit. Once there, he led New York to seven straight wins in games in which he played. In 14 games in March, he averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while averaging 28.3 minutes as he proved capable of playing power forward alongside Tyson Chandler or center in small lineups. With the Knicks' playoff hopes hanging on by a thread with a week to go in the regular season, Stoudemire put together arguably his best performance of the season, lighting up the division-leading Toronto Raptors for 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds. However, despite Stoudemire's efforts, the Knicks failed to qualify for the 2014 playoffs, finishing just shy with a 35–47 record and a ninth-place finish in the East.
    He returned to action on May 11, 2013, in Game 3 during the Knicks' Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers.
    More Details Hide Details The Knicks ended up losing to the Pacers in 6 games.
    It was announced on March 9, 2013, that Stoudemire would have a right knee debridement.
    More Details Hide Details He missed the rest of the regular season because of that. For the first time in his career, he was not a starter, but a sixth man for the New York Knicks. He only played 29 games during the season, averaging 14.2 points per game and 5 rebounds per game in 23.5 minutes per game. Even without him for most of the time, the Knicks finished 54-28 (2nd best in the Eastern Conference), made the playoffs for the third time in a row, and won their first Atlantic Division title since the 1993–1994 NBA season. Stoudemire was still out when the New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in six games which would be the Knicks first playoff victory since 2000.
    Stoudemire made his season debut on January 1, 2013 at home against Portland, playing 17 minutes off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing one rebound.
    More Details Hide Details After returning Stoudemire was restricted to playing a maximum of 30 minutes a game.
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On December 18, 2012, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League so that he could practice with that team as he continued his rehab.
    More Details Hide Details He was recalled by the Knicks on December 21.
    Stoudemire missed the first 30 games of the 2012–13 NBA season with a knee injury.
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    In the early morning hours of February 6, 2012, Stoudemire's older brother, Hazell, was killed in a car accident in Polk County, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. In December 2014, Stoudemire purchased a 185-acre farm in historic Hyde Park, New York, which includes a 2,066 square-foot log home. Stoudemire has said that he intends to use the property as a place where his family can get together on weekends and in the off-season. After guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU, Entourage and Sesame Street in 2011, Amar'e appeared on TV Land's The Exes opposite Kristen Johnston in a January episode. Stoudemire also appeared on Fox's comedy series, The Mindy Project, where Mindy Kaling's character went on an outing with her co-workers to a nightclub, and wound up hanging in the VIP section with the New York big man. Stoudemire's acting roles have not been limited to television. He had a role in the film McGruber and appeared in the blockbuster romance New Years Eve. He also appeared as himself in the comedy film Trainwreck, as one of the patients of sports surgeon Dr. Aaron Conners (played by Bill Hader).
    In February 2012, Stoudemire missed four games mourning the death of his older brother, Hazell, who had died in a car accident.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, the Eastern Conference All-Stars were announced; Stoudemire was not voted in, nor selected by the coaches to play in the All-Star Game.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    The 2011–2012 season was a disappointment as Stoudemire's production dropped off in every statistical category from the prior year.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points, which was down almost 8 points from the prior year, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1. blocks.
    In October 2011, Stoudemire appeared on ESPN First Take, where he promoted his new sneaker line, the Nike Air Max Sweep Thru.
    More Details Hide Details During the lockout, Stoudemire trained and took history seminars at Florida International University. He also dabbled in acting, appearing in the second to last episode of Entourage. Before the 2011–12 season, the Knicks acquired Tyson Chandler, but released point guard Chauncey Billups via the amnesty clause. Early on in the season, Stoudemire struggled without a point guard to distribute the basketball.
    During the 2011 NBA lockout, Stoudemire served as a player representative for the Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire represented the Knicks along with teammates Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas and Roger Mason, Jr., who was Vice President of the Players Union. Stoudemire considered playing overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. due to his possible Jewish heritage, but instead opted to stay with the players union.
    On January 27, 2011, Stoudemire was named a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, and Dwight Howard.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first Knick player to start in the game since Patrick Ewing. In the game Stoudemire scored 29 points, which tied him with LeBron James for most on the Eastern Conference team. On February 22, 2011 the Knicks made a 3-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves that sent Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks along with the Nuggets' starting point guard Chauncey Billups. In 2011, the Knicks made the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Stoudemire was injured during the playoffs. In game 3, Stoudemire attempted a Willis Reed-like comeback by playing in the game despite a bad back. In the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks were swept by the Boston Celtics. Stoudemire ended up having one of the best seasons in his career, averaging 25.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2 blocks and a career high 2.6 assists. Stoudemire developed a mid-range game and shot a career high 43% from three point range. Stoudemire was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    On December 17, 2010, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his ninth straight game shooting 50 percent or better from the field.
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    On December 15, 2010, in a loss against the Boston Celtics, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his ninth straight 30-point game.
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    On July 5, 2010, Stoudemire and the New York Knicks agreed in principle to a contract estimated to be worth around $99.7 million over five years.
    More Details Hide Details On the first day that free agents were allowed to officially sign, the Knicks formally introduced Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden. There Stoudemire proclaimed "the Knicks are back!" referring to the team's lack of success the past few years. With the Knicks, Stoudemire was reunited with head coach Mike D'Antoni, who had coached him with the Suns.
    On June 30, 2010, Stoudemire opted out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, which made him an unrestricted free agent.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    Stoudemire visited the country in summer 2008, making visits to water well sites and meeting with President Ernest Bai Koroma and the rest of the cabinet.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 Stoudemire hosted the first Amar'e Stoudemire Basketball Academy in Mali. That same year, he posed shirtless on behalf of PETA's Ink Not Mink campaign, protesting the wearing of animal fur. Stoudemire has four children with his wife, Alexis Welch. Having dated since 2002, the two were engaged in May 2012 and later married on December 12, 2012 atop their Greenwich Village apartment rooftop. In a 2010 interview, Stoudemire said, "I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development." He visited Israel that year, saying he intended "to get a better understanding of his heritage." Traveling with Stoudemire was Idan Ravin, who works as a private coach for many NBA players who include LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. During the trip, Ravin linked Stoudemire's language skills to his ability to decipher defensive schemes on the court. Ravin also worked with Stoudemire on a daily basis during the trip. Stoudemire was named an assistant coach of the Canadian basketball team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, giving him an opportunity to return to Israel.
    Under new coach Terry Porter, the Suns struggled early in 2008–09 with his system and lost five games in a row heading into the 2009 All-Star break.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire was voted a starter for the Western Conference. On February 19, in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Stoudemire suffered a detached retina, although he may have injured it earlier as he had been bothered by the same eye even before this game. He had injured the same eye in preseason, although this injury involved a partially torn iris, with no damage to his retina. He said then that he would have to wear protective goggles for the rest of his career, but stopped wearing them after seven games. Stoudemire underwent eye surgery to repair the retina. The recovery took eight weeks, which forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season. He announced that he would wear protective goggles when he returned to play the following season. In the season, Stoudemire was once again named to the all-star team. During the season, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reported that the Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers discussed a trade that would have sent Stoudemire to Cleveland to pair up with LeBron James; the deal, however, never went through. Stoudemire would eventually lead the Suns to a 54–28 record, clinching the third seed in the Western Conference. Stoudemire finished the season averaging 23 points and 9 rebounds on 56% shooting. The Suns would defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 4–2 during the first round of the playoffs and beat the San Antonio Spurs 4–0 in the Conference Semifinals, to meet the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    Stoudemire led the Suns in scoring (25.2 ppg) and rebounds (9.1 pg) in the 2007–08 season.
    More Details Hide Details He made the all-star team and was named 2nd Team All-NBA. Stoudemire also adjusted well to playing with veteran center Shaquille O'Neal, who the Suns had acquired in February. The Suns however faltered in the playoffs, again losing to their rivals the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns blew a big lead in game one of the series, and seemed to never recover, losing the series 4–1 to the Spurs. Stoudemire averaged 23 points in the series. After the season, Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni left the team to coach the New York Knicks.
    Stoudemire played in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, but withdrew from the national team for the 2008 Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Jerry Colangelo, managing director for the national team, said, "Amar'e has pulled himself out of consideration for the roster and that's predicated on, despite the fact that he's had an injury-free year coming back, he's a little hesitant on pushing the envelope too hard." Stoudemire had said in April 2008, "It's more than a year-round grind. It's last year and the year before that and the year before that. It's really been like a three-year-round basketball circuit."
    During the 2007 NBA Playoffs, in a series against the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudemire accused Manu Ginóbili and Bruce Bowen of being "dirty" players.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire was suspended for Game 5 for leaving the bench area after an altercation between teammate Steve Nash and Spurs forward Robert Horry. The Suns lost to the Spurs in six games despite Stoudemire averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks throughout the series. He finished the regular season averaging 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team.
    On February 18, 2007, Stoudemire appeared in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, his second all-star game appearance.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and came in second in MVP voting to Kobe Bryant. He had previously announced that he would make the all-star game in his first season back after his knee recovered.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    Before the 2006–07 season, Stoudemire changed his jersey number from 32 to 1.
    More Details Hide Details Dijon Thompson had worn #1 the previous season.
    Stoudemire attended the 2006 USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, although he ultimately did not play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
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    Stoudemire, however, scored 20 points in his return against the Portland Trail Blazers, but went scoreless his third game against the New Jersey Nets on March 27, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details On March 28 it was announced that he would likely miss the rest of the regular season due to ongoing stiffness in both knees. His manager stated that the comeback came a little too soon, and Stoudemire needed to do more rehab. Stoudemire's rehabilitation, which was led by Suns trainer Aaron Nelson and Dr. Micheal Clark, the president and CEO of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), went well as he stated during the rehab that he was explosive and he gradually gained his strength back.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    During the 2005–06 NBA pre-season, knee cartilage damage was discovered and Stoudemire underwent microfracture surgery on October 18, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, the Suns thought he would return by mid-February, but his rehab took longer than expected.
    Averaging 26 points per game that year and achieving a new career high of 50 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 2, 2005, he was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game as a reserve forward.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire and Nash ran a pick-and-roll many have compared to Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone. In the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Stoudemire averaged 37 points per game, but the Suns still lost in five games.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    During the 2004–05 NBA season, Stoudemire teamed up with point guard Steve Nash who the Suns signed as a free agent, to lead the Suns to a 62–20 record.
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    During the summer of 2004, Stoudemire was selected to play for the eventual bronze medal-winning 2004 U.S. national team in the Summer Olympics.
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  • 2002
    Age 19
    In his rookie season, Stoudemire averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, with a season high of 38 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 30, 2002, the highest score by a prep-to-pro player until broken a year later by LeBron James.
    More Details Hide Details Stoudemire was selected to the Rookie squad in the Rookie Challenge. In the game, Stoudemire recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Stoudemire won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, beating out Yao Ming and Caron Butler and becoming the first player drafted out of high school to win the award. Stoudemire also was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The Suns, led by Stoudemire, Stephon Marbury, Shawn Marion, Anfernee Hardaway and Joe Johnson, made it to the playoffs but were defeated in six games by the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs. The following season, Stoudemire improved statistically, but his team stumbled to a 29–53 record, and point guard Marbury was traded to the New York Knicks. During the season Stoudemire had a 10-block game against the Utah Jazz; he recorded six blocks in the first quarter alone (both team records as of 2012).
    With his biggest goal in high school being making it to the NBA, Stoudemire committed to the University of Memphis. However, he later de-committed and declared for the NBA draft, being taken with the ninth pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only high school player taken that year in the first round.
    Considered a five-star recruit by, Stoudemire was listed as the No. 1 player in the nation in 2002.
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    Among Stoudemire's high school honors was being selected to play in the 2002 McDonald's All-American Game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, where he played with two future New York Knicks teammates, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton.
    More Details Hide Details He was also named Florida's Mr. Basketball, the Orlando Sentinel's Florida High School Player of the Year, and to USA Today's's All-USA Basketball First Team.
    His final move was to Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, where he graduated in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Due to all the transfers he missed his entire junior year of basketball. He told Isaac Perry in an article for Dime Magazine that what kept him going during that difficult time was "God" and the words of rapper Tupac Shakur. Apart from basketball, Stoudemire excelled in football. He was coached by his father in Pop Warner football and imagined himself a star receiver for the University of Miami, Florida or Florida State. Growing up he rooted for Shaquille O'Neal, center for the hometown Orlando Magic of the NBA. Stoudemire did not start playing organized basketball until he was 14. He only played two years of it in high school, but in both he was named the MVP of the Nike Summer League. In his senior year he averaged 29.1 points, 15 rebounds, 6.1 blocked shots, and 2.1 steals per game.
    The Phoenix Suns selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He spent his first 12½ seasons with the Suns and the New York Knicks, before finishing his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Listed at and, the highly athletic Stoudemire suffered from chronic knee problems during his career, including undergoing microfracture surgery on his knees. In spite of this, he won the 2003 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, made six appearances in the NBA All-Star Game, was a first-team All-NBA selection in 2007, and won a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2004 Olympic Games. His off-court ventures include a record label, a clothing line, acting and a series of children's books for Scholastic Press. In addition, Stoudemire owns a significant share of the Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club. Stoudemire's first name had previously been listed in the Phoenix Suns media guide as Amaré or Amare, but it was changed to Amar'e in October 2008. Stoudemire told that his name had always been spelled Amar'e, but the media had been spelling it incorrectly since he joined the NBA.
  • 1999
    Age 16
    As a result of moving in-and-out with his mother and her problems with the law, Stoudemire transferred between five high schools in two states six different times. He first attended Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida, transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina in October 1999, moved to Emanuel Christian Academy in Leland, North Carolina, returned to Lake Wales, then moved to West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida.
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  • 1982
    Born on November 16, 1982.
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