Amar’e Stoudemire recently opened up about why he decided to retire as a member of the New York Knicks, rather than the Phoenix Suns, saying that his efforts to finish his career with the Suns were not well received, according to the Arizona Republic.
Stoudemire, 33, spent eight of his 15 NBA seasons with the Suns, being named an All-Star five times during that period. However, he revealed that Phoenix did not have interest in bringing him back late in his career.
“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire said. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places—Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.”
Stoudemire played a little over four seasons in New York, earning All-NBA second-team honors in 2011.
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Despite not being able to finish his career with the Suns, Stoudemire expressed admiration for his fans from his days with the team.
“I love my fans in Phoenix. Most of my high times and highlights were in Phoenix. I put forth the effort to finish my career in Phoenix but it wasn’t well-received.”