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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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
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.
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He has pointed to overall happiness and the desire to grow on and off the floor as the driving force behind his trade request. And he did that again Tuesday morning, keeping any other reasons private, while hoping to move forward with his new team, one that appears to be the Cavs’ biggest East threat. “I kind of want to put that to rest in terms of everyone figuring out or trying to continue to dive into a narrative they have no idea about and probably will never, ever be divulged because it’s not important,” Irving said. “This was literally just a decision I wanted to make solely based on my happiness and pushing my career forward. I don’t want to pinpoint anything, I will never pinpoint anything because that’s not what real grown-ups do. They continue to move on with their life and continue to progress and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
“I’m excited to be back. I’m excited to get the season started. It’s a little different for all of us. But my six years being here they were something that helped me evolve as a man and coming in here every single night and strapping up my shoelaces for the Cleveland Cavaliers was something awesome,” Irving said prior to the Celtics’ shootaround Tuesday morning. “Now I start a new journey, a new step in my career. Ready to get it started, but I’m always truly grateful for them welcoming me with open arms and making sure that me and my family were always supported. Ultimately my love will never change that I have for Cleveland.”
Asked about those inflammatory comments, calling Boston a “real, live sports city,” Irving tried to explain. “I mean, of course it was going to turn into a comparison,” Irving said. “I was talking about driving into Boston. When I’m actually on the highway driving into Boston, the newness and the new environment of going into that city is something different for me. It kind of worked out that I was talking to Marc Spears and it turned into a comparison of me comparing Boston to Cleveland and it wasn’t anything like that.”
The mentor will square off against the master in Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Knicks’ deliciously compelling season opener. With Carmelo Anthony lining up at power forward in the Thunder’s smallball lineup, Porzingis said he will defend his former teammate at the outset. At 7’3, Porzingis has the height advantage, but the 6’8 Anthony has the craftiness. “I think I will, I think I will,’’ Porzingis said after Tuesday’s practice in which the coaching staff started to focus on their first opponent. “It’s going to be interesting. He’s been in the league for 13, 14 years. I think everybody knows what he’s doing, but nobody can stop him. It’s going to be a challenge for me. I’m going to do my best.’’
“Carmelo’s a tough guy to play one-on-one,’’ Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “When that man has the ball, whoever it is, they got to do their best and then hope our team defense comes into play. KP, obviously, with Melo playing the 4 spot, will be matched up against him. So he knows his game. So Carmelo knows his. It’s going to be a good battle.’’