“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix [Suns] but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Amare Stoudemire explained to azcentral sports. “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 signed a one day deal to retire with the New York Knicks. It seemed odd, even to me, and I was a huge fan of Stoudemire when he was with the Knicks. Even I understood that his best years in the NBA were played with the Phoenix Suns. So I was a little confused as to why he retired with the Knicks. I now understand.
“I love my fans in Phoenix," said Stoudemire. "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.”
Stoudemire isn't giving up hope that he will be accepted by Phoenix.
“I’m praying for that [Ring of Honor Induction],” Stoudemire told azcentral sports, “because my glory years are in Phoenix. My best times are in Phoenix. I bleed purple and orange. My roots are in Phoenix and the tree bloomed from there.”
I certainly hope that the Suns honor Stoudemire by inducting him into the Ring of Honor. Regardless of how it ended in Phoenix, Stoudemire gave Phoenix fans some of their greatest memories.
But STAT, if they don't, you already know - "Once a Knick, Always a Knick." We got you!