Stoudemire has a strong relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan. “Sure, I haven’t spoken to them yet about it, but that definitely could be an option,’’ Stoudemire said. “I have nothing but positive affirmations about the team and organization. That will be something I can think about.”
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Stoudemire will explore three options, and retirement is one of them. The 34-year-old still has pangs for one more go-round in the NBA. “To play and win a championship my first year there, I could just call it quits and leave as a champion,’’ said Stoudemire, who never made it to the NBA Finals. “That could be an option. Another option is maybe to play with a team that needs quality veteran leadership here in the NBA. That could be an option. Or I could go back and defend the title for a back-to-back. I have time to think about it. Those are my three options.”
Stoudemire arrived back in Miami on Sunday after his Hapoel Jerusalem club, despite being the fourth seed in playoffs, captured the Israeli Premier League championship on Thursday with an 83-76 victory over Maccabi Haifa. “It felt amazing after a long season to lift up the championship trophy,’’ Stoudemire told The Post in a phone interview Monday. “We had a great run.”
In keeping with kosher tradition, Stoudemire doesn’t eat pork or shellfish, and he sports a menorah tattoo on his left wrist. Then again, his premeal blessing includes a thank you to Jesus, and body art is considered by some rabbis to be a violation of Jewish law. Bottom line: Stoudemire says that he’s committed to “holy living” and that in Jerusalem, “I’ve never felt more at home, more tied to a place where I’m playing.”
The big adjustments for Stoudemire have come at his workplace, where he often plays in small gyms for less than 1,000 fans. Even as a veteran of international competition, he is still picking up on the rules and nuances of Euro-ball, the niceties of officiating, an Italian coach who speaks mostly with his hands. And Stoudemire’s teammates are . . . “Let’s put it this way,” he says, after searching for diplomatic words, “it’s more of a teaching situation. Like, Here’s where you go on a pick-and-roll.”
Paul Coro: At a NY presser, agent Happy Walters clarifies that Stoudemire had NBA offers but not w/ playoff teams & that he didn’t ask PHX for a 1-day.
Stoudemire: I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas, though; it’s a spiritual journey, too. The Scripture speaks about Jerusalem as a holy place, and I can feel that whenever I’m in the city. This is a chance for me to be a better husband and a better father, to help me lead my family into righteousness. The opportunity to play there, and grow as a player and person, is a blessing. As my father used to tell me, “The sky’s the limit.”
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: BOLD get for @OriAllon: “We’re thrilled to have Amar’e (Stoudemire) join our team, solidifying Hapoel among the top echelon in Europe.”
Nikos Varlas: – Journalist: “What should Hapoel fans expect from you?”- Amare Stoudemire: “They can go to YouTube and see my top 100 plays”
Ian Begley: Amar’e on his 14-year NBA career: “It’s been a great ride. I faced some challenges … and I persevered.” https://t.co/D6B7jUT9Gq
Ian Begley: Amar’s Stoudemire posing with his Haopel Jerusalem jersey. https://t.co/mpl6N49ElW
Amare Stoudemire: Then there’s Steve Nash. Before he arrived, we already had a pretty strong nucleus in myself, Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion and Leandro Barbosa. When we brought Steve on board, we reached a whole new level. Everyone else fed off him. Once you have a pass-first point guard, a guy who just focuses on getting the ball to where it needs to be —who’s just making his teammates better — it opens up the entire game. We redefined the game of basketball. Before us, the center position was more like Shaq or Karl Malone. We didn’t have that size, but we had speed. Mike D’Antoni made a decision to go small. Teams weren’t ready for it. They weren’t ready for Seven Seconds or Less.
Stoudemire: Can’t forget about the big fella, neither: Shaq. I idolized him growing up. And I got to play with him in Phoenix in ’08 and ’09. We did work, too. I was putting up insane numbers thanks to him and all the attention teams had to give him. Then there’s Dirk Nowitzki. The toughest player I ever had to guard. That one-legged fadeaway? There’s just no stopping it. Luckily when we were on the same team for a few months in 2015, I didn’t have to. I could play off him and just watch him work.
Stoudemire: I got to play a bit this year with Dwyane Wade, yet another Hall of Famer. He keeps his dribble so low to the ground, and he’s deceptively quick. It just takes two dribbles for him to get through the lane and explode to the rim. He looks like he’s going through the game on cruise control, but at the end of the night he has 28 points and nine assists.
Stoudemire: Last, but definitely not least, Carmelo Anthony. I think he’s the best pure scorer in the NBA. It just comes so easy to him. When he’s at his best, he’s playing an entirely different game than the rest of us. That night when he scored 62 at the Garden, that was easy for him. He could have gotten 70, maybe more. He just flowed out there on the court. That’s what the game is all about, getting to a level like Carmelo is on. When a great player performs like that, it’s fun to watch. I should know, I was there.
According to Israeli website Walla, Stoudemire will convene a press conference on Monday at 16:00 (CET) where he will inform about his decision to play for an overseas team for the first time in his career. And his destination is Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli club with which Stoudemire is already linked, holding a part of its ownership. […] The news of Stoudemire joining Hapoel Jerusalem were first reported by Walla on July 27.
Amar’e Stoudemire called a Monday news conference, where he’s expected to announce that he’s playing next season in Israel for the team he partially owns, according to international basketball sources.
Stoudemire is scheduled to travel to Israel next week as part of an NBA Cares initiative organized by the first Israeli to ever play in the NBA — Sacramento’s Omri Casspi — and has taken a great interest in the country over the past few years since revealing that he has Jewish roots on his mother’s side. He has held an ownership stake in Hapoel Jerusalem since the summer of 2013 after Israeli tech magnate Ori Allon became the club’s majority owner.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Amar’e Stoudemire agreed to deal with co-owned Hapoel Jerusalem to become best-ever NBA star in Israel. vine.co/v/iY07uJ9rnU0
Eric Pincus: The New York Knicks signed Amar’e Stoudemire on Tuesday to a 1-yr $1.5 min contract, then waived him – researching if any was guaranteed – Roman Sprikut: it’ll be so funny if today someone (like, i dunno, Bucks or Pistons) makes waiver claim and then asks him to report to the team. – Eric Pincus: Technically a team would be able to claim Amar’e.
Eric Pincus: The New York Knicks signed Amar’e Stoudemire on Tuesday to a 1-yr $1.5 min contract, then waived him – researching if any was guaranteed
Stoudemire wanted his career to end where it began and thrived, but that interest was not reciprocated by the Suns in the past two offseasons, even as the Suns signed two of his 2010 conference finalist teammates – Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa – this month. In addition to signing Dudley to start at power forward, the Suns drafted power forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss last month.
NBA great Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement as a player in the National Basketball Association today, after signing with the New York Knickerbockers for his final contract in the league. “I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick,” Stoudemire said. “I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year’s acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick.”
“For parts of six years, Amar’e Stoudemire was the face of the New York Knicks franchise because of his excellence on the court and his dedication to our community and our fans across the world. When Amar’e asked us to retire as a Knick, we were honored to oblige,” Steve Mills said.
Ian Begley: Amar’e Stoudemire has signed a contract with the Knicks and announced that he’ll retire, the club announced.
Barry Jackson: Amare Stoudemire signs ceremonial contract with Knicks and announces retirement today. So final NBA season was with Heat.
Amar’e Stoudemire. The Heat is open to bringing him back at the minimum, but it doesn’t sound likely. His lack of consistent minutes bothered him.
All of this is part of a regimen that Stoudemire believes will keep him in the NBA a few more seasons. He made clear this week he has no thought of retiring soon. “My body’s been feeling great and strong. I feel healthy, my passion is there. If that continues, I’m just gonna feel better and better and I’m gonna play better and better. There’s a lot more left in me. No question,” Amare Stoudemire said.
Stoudemire said he considered signing with Phoenix last summer but wanted to be on a title contender. “That’s why I chose Miami but Phoenix is still not ruled out,” Stoudemire said. “I have a lot of basketball left in me.” Stoudemire’s Friday return was sentimental for a Suns run that began as Rookie of the Year and ended with five All-Star seasons. “I have so many good memories here,” Stoudemire said. “It feels like home. It truly does. I look around and see everything around the arena, the practice court and the city and it feels like have a connection that I can’t break. I feel comfortable. “
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed center/forward Amar’e Stoudemire. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very fortunate that a proven All-Star like Amar’e has chosen the Miami Heat,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He is going to bring gravitas, leadership and a hardworking mentality to our team as we look to win another Championship in Miami.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Amar’e Stoudemire reaches deal with Heat, the team announced. I’ve been told it’s a one-year contract worth $1.5M. Stoudemire wants to win, play with All-Stars and on the same team with Goran Dragic, who he loves from their days together in Phoenix.
Barry Jackson: Heat hopes to strike a deal with Amar’e Stoudemire on Friday. ESPN New York says “belief” is that Heat/Amar’e are “close” to deal.
Ian Begley: Amar’e Stoudemire’s scheduled to meet w/MIA tomorrow. The belief currently is that Amar’e/MIA are “close” to completing a deal, per sources. Amar’e Stoudemire’s scheduled meeting with the Heat on Friday was first reported by the NY Daily News.
Jared Zwerling: Source: Amar’e Stoudemire is also strongly considering the Heat. Meeting with Pat Riley tomorrow. Heat has tax midlevel just FYI.
Chris Broussard: With @DeAndre Jordan leaving, 1 player LAC will try to get is @Amare Stoudemire. But with only vets minimum to offer, chances he accepts r SLIM
Jared Zwerling: Source: Mutual interest between Amar’e Stoudemire and Clippers, Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs and Suns.
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He also mentioned talking with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, although that conversation didn’t have as much depth to it. “He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” Antetokounmpo said with a chuckle, drawing a laugh. “That was my reaction — I just laughed.”
That said, this year was different for Antetokounmpo. Armed with the experience of being an all-star for the first time last season, the 23-year-old had a better sense of what to expect this time around. He used that knowledge to better advocate for himself and keep from spreading himself too thin. “Oh yeah, I was definitely better prepared,” he said. “I didn’t do much stuff. I talked with my people and people around me that helped me with the all-star arrangement. I told them that I didn’t want to do much this year because I want to take care of my body. “My first year I did a lot. I couldn’t even rest, I was really, really exhausted. But I think this year I did a better job just arranging the stuff I did.”
For years, the conversation surrounding LeBron James dealt with comparing his talent to that of Michael Jordan. According to most, James has firmly entrenched himself as the second best NBA player of all-time behind Jordan. However, former guard Eddie House joined “Undisputed on Wednesday and accused James of quitting during the 2011 NBA Finals that the Miami Heat lost.
The conversation about playoff reseeding has been going on for quite some time. But it gained a bit more momentum during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discussed the topic at length, even raising the possibility about a future tweak. Count LeBron James as one player who wouldn’t be on board. “I would disagree with that,” James said Wednesday afternoon following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first practice since the break. “I think our league has been built the right way as far as when it comes to the postseason.”
How would you describe the vibe of the team right now? Are you guys bored, more anxious? JaVale McGee: I feel like we’re definitely anxious. I feel like everybody’s going through the season like “Playoffs. Hurry. Up.” Because it’s a whole different atmosphere. People think that because we went 16-1 last year, like it was easy. It wasn’t easy. Those teams were playing hard. We were just, everybody was just so in sync and we were all in playoff mode. It was just amazing like, everybody was like “Yo, we’re in the playoffs, like, it’s time.” The regular season wasn’t anything. When the playoffs come around it doesn’t matter what your record is, and that’s the thing that I admire about the guys. They don’t care what the record is. They don’t care if we went undefeated. We just know that in the playoffs you definitely have to step it up.