Former New York Knicks big man, Amar’e Stoudemire took to Instagram to let the world know he’s ready to make a return to the NBA.
Amar’e Stoudemire put together one of the best seasons of his career with the New York Knicks during the 2010-11 season. He averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game en route to an All-NBA Second Team selection.
Unfortunately, injuries would slow down Stoudemire in the future and he never recaptured that same form from the 2010-11 season.
But now Stoudemire is looking to make a comeback to the league despite playing his last NBA game during the 2015-16 season. S.T.A.T. posted a photo on Instagram declaring that he’s, “NBA ready” followed by a bevy of hashtags.
The six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA player was riddled with injuries that hampered him throughout his career. The 35-year-old spent the summer playing for Tri-State in BIG3. Prior to that, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.
It’s unclear if there are any potential suitors on the horizon for Stoudemire. In his last season in the NBA, he was a shell of his former self. He no longer possessed the freakish athleticism that allowed him to flourish alongside Steve Nash in Phoenix and to a lesser extent, Raymond Felton in New York.
Stoudemire’s career in New York may not have panned out exactly as planned, but he brought an excitement to Madison Square Garden that had been missing for years. He had a nine-game stretch during November and December where he scored 30 or more points in each game. That season he scored 30 or more 22 times. He was an absolute beast.
Things changed when the Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony ahead of the trade deadline, but Knicks fans will always have fond memories of Stoudemire’s magical run as the first option that year.