Stoudemire, 37, played in the NBA from 2002-2016 and was a six-time All-Star before his career was derailed by a knee injury. He has mostly played abroad since then, spending a few years in Israel and one in China. Stoudemire has spent most of his Israeli career with Hapoel Jerusalem and is in his first season with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Stoudemire recently had a 33-point, 17-rebound outing in China but returned in part, sources say, because of the great distance away from his family, which remained in the States while he was playing for the Fujian Sturgeons
Stoudemire, who has also spent time in the BIG3 league since last playing in the NBA, has been making noise about a potential return to the league for a year and a half. It did not happen last year, and while nothing is impossible, the odds seem long that anyone would become interested now.
Stoudemire’s last NBA action came in 2015-16, when he played in 52 games for the Miami Heat.
The potential of winning a ring appears to have a couple of forgotten former stars emerging from the woodwork.
ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported Wednesday that center Amar’e Stoudemire and guard Monta Ellis will work out privately for at least five NBA teams in Las Vegas next week. Schultz adds that the two players are healthy and are hoping to sign with a contending team such as the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stoudemire, the former All-NBA First Teamer, is now 36 and last played in the NBA in 2016 with the Miami Heat. He has since been playing overseas for Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem however. The 33-year-old Ellis, meanwhile, has not played since 2017 when he was with the Indiana Pacers.
Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire is intent on playing in the NBA next season.
Stoudemire, who has been participating in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league, said Thursday that his goal is to play in the NBA during the 2018-19 season.
“I feel great,” Stoudemire told TMZ Sports. “I feel like I’m in top shape.”
Stoudemire said he would consider playing overseas in Israel if the NBA doesn’t work out, but he believes there is a market for his services in the United States.
Stoudemire has been making noise about an NBA return recently. He’s still 35, so theoretically he’s young enough to get back into the league without it looking unprecedented. That said, he hasn’t played in the NBA since his stint with the Miami Heat in 2015-16.
Amar’e Stoudemire could be making his way to an NBA arena near you in the not-so-distant future, if he gets his way.
The last time we saw Stoudemire in the NBA was during the 2015-2016 season when he appeared in 52 games for the Miami Heat. Since then, he headed overseas to play for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.
Stoudemire will participate in Ice Cube’s Big 3 league this summer and it sounds like he hopes that could serve as a stepping stone to an NBA return. During an interview with The Michael Kay Show, Stoudemire indicated he is in great physical condition and “training as if he were returning to the NBA.”
Now 35 years old, Stoudemire is a couple of years removed from competing at the highest level of professional basketball. However, The Big 3 could act as a showcase for Stoudemire, though we have our doubts about him being about to play at an NBA level.
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“Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play I feel it is my time now, to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better,” Stoudemire said in his statement.
Stoudemire helped his team win the league championship in June. He is a co-owner of Hapoel Jerusalem.
Stoudemire was asked twice if he was joking, and he responded by saying “there’s always truth within a joke.” His other teammates said they would not have a problem with it.
Amaechi, who is openly gay, blasted Stoudemire for acting childish.
“These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice,” Amaechi told TMZ Sports. “There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it. Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models — on and off the floor — whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society not join (Donald) Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.'”
Amaechi wasn’t done there.
“In these tumultuous times, these true role models are the men and women whose voices we need to disseminate to every corner, not a braying jackass making a desperate grab for relevance amongst a constituency destined for extinction,” he added.
“Lastly, could someone please tell this man to stop flattering himself. It’s embarrassing.”
Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t playing very nicely overseas.
After a long NBA career, Amar’e Stoudemire is now in Israel suiting up for Hapoel Jerusalem. Here you can see his Instagram post about starting a new chapter in his life.
Apparently, this next journey for Stoudemire includes absolutely leveling opponents, because that’s just what he did during a recent game. While running up the court, the 33-year-old steamrolled a defender and was obviously called for a foul on the play.
Ouch. That would make an offensive lineman proud. Looks like keeping your head on a swivel when you’re on the floor during an Israeli Basketball League game is a good idea.
Last week, Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA after signing a one-day contract with the Knicks. Soon, the 33-year-old will continue his playing days overseas.
On Monday, Stoudemire announced he will play for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel, a team he had been part owner of. Stoudemire posted a photo of himself holding a No. 1 jersey, and declaring this his next chapter, to his Instagram account.
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Stoudemire also wrote a post for The Players’ Tribune that was published Monday. In it he said this isn’t just about playing basketball, but also helping him become a better person.
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.
Hapoel Jerusalem won its first Israeli Basketball Premier League championship in 2015 and finished as runners-up for the 2015-2016 season.