89 Facts About Amar'e Stoudemire


Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American-Israeli professional basketball coach and former player who most recently served as a player development assistant for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.


Amar'e Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 with the Phoenix Suns, who selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft.


Amar'e Stoudemire made six appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Team five times, including one first-team selection in 2007.


Amar'e Stoudemire won several prep honors, including being selected as Florida's Mr Basketball.


Amar'e Stoudemire suffered from chronic knee problems during his career and underwent microfracture surgery on both knees.


Amar'e Stoudemire played for the Suns, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat before retiring from the NBA in 2016.


Amar'e Stoudemire won a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2004 Olympic Games.


Amar'e Stoudemire won the championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2020 and was named the Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP.


Amar'e Stoudemire was born in Lake Wales, Florida, a small city, an hour away from Orlando, Florida.


Amar'e Stoudemire's mother did agricultural work, picking oranges in Florida and migrating north to upstate New York to pick apples during the fall.


Amar'e Stoudemire lived in Newburgh, New York "for about five months" in 1994 before relocating to Port Jervis, New York where he lived until 1998.


Amar'e Stoudemire did not start playing organized basketball until he was 14.


Amar'e Stoudemire first attended Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida, where his freshman season was cut short due to academic ineligibility.


Amar'e Stoudemire transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina, to play for coach Joel Hopkins.


Amar'e Stoudemire returned to Florida where he attended summer school at Dr Phillips High School in Orlando.


Amar'e Stoudemire briefly reenrolled at Mount Zion Academy and then sat out a year at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, due to academic ineligibility that stemmed from his transcripts from Mount Zion.


Amar'e Stoudemire's final move was to Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, where he graduated in 2002.


Amar'e Stoudemire was coached by his father in Pop Warner football and imagined himself a star receiver for the University of Miami, University of Florida or Florida State University.


Amar'e Stoudemire was named Florida's Mr Basketball, the Orlando Sentinel Florida High School Player of the Year, and to USA Today All-USA Basketball First Team.


Amar'e Stoudemire was the only high school player taken that year in the first round.


Amar'e Stoudemire was selected to the Rookie squad in the Rookie Challenge.


Amar'e Stoudemire won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, beating out Yao Ming and Caron Butler and becoming the first player drafted out of high school to win the award.


Amar'e Stoudemire scored 20 points in his return against the Portland Trail Blazers, but went scoreless his third game against the New Jersey Nets on March 27,2006.


Amar'e Stoudemire's manager stated that the comeback came a little too soon, and Stoudemire needed to do more rehab.


Amar'e Stoudemire attended the 2006 USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, although he ultimately did not play in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.


On February 18,2007, Amar'e Stoudemire appeared in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, his second All-Star Game appearance.


Amar'e Stoudemire scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and came in second in MVP voting to Kobe Bryant.


Amar'e Stoudemire had previously announced that he would make the all-star game in his first season back after his knee recovered.


The Suns lost to the Spurs in six games despite Amar'e Stoudemire averaging 25 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks throughout the series.


Amar'e Stoudemire played in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, but withdrew from the national team for the 2008 Olympics.


Amar'e Stoudemire made the All-Star team and was named to the All-NBA Second Team.


Amar'e Stoudemire had injured the same eye in preseason, although this injury involved a partially torn iris, with no damage to his retina.


Amar'e Stoudemire said then that he would have to wear protective goggles for the rest of his career, but stopped wearing them after seven games.


Amar'e Stoudemire announced that he would wear protective goggles when he returned to play the following season.


Amar'e Stoudemire finished his tenure with the Suns fourth in franchise history in scoring average, third in rebounds, free throws made and attempted, fifth in blocked shots, and single-game records of consecutive free throws in one game and blocked shots.


On June 30,2010, Amar'e Stoudemire opted out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, which made him an unrestricted free agent.


On December 15,2010, in a loss against the Boston Celtics, Amar'e Stoudemire set a franchise record with his ninth straight 30-point game.


On December 17,2010, Amar'e Stoudemire set a franchise record with his ninth straight game shooting 50 percent or better from the field.


On January 27,2011, Amar'e Stoudemire was named a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, and Dwight Howard.


Amar'e Stoudemire became the first Knicks player to start in the game since Patrick Ewing.


In game 3, Amar'e Stoudemire attempted a Willis Reed-like comeback by playing in the game despite a bad back.


Amar'e Stoudemire ended up having one of the best seasons in his career, averaging 25.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, a career-high 2.6 assists and 2 blocks per game.


Amar'e Stoudemire represented the Knicks along with teammates Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Toney Douglas, and Roger Mason Jr.


Amar'e Stoudemire considered playing overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv BC due to his possible Hebrew heritage, but instead opted to stay with the players union.


In October 2011, Amar'e Stoudemire appeared on ESPN First Take, where he promoted his new sneaker line, the Nike Air Max Sweep Thru.


Amar'e Stoudemire dabbled in acting, appearing in the second-last episode of Entourage.


Early on in the season, Amar'e Stoudemire struggled without a point guard to distribute the basketball.


In February 2012, Amar'e Stoudemire missed four games mourning the death of his older brother, Hazell, who had died in a car accident.


Later that month, the Eastern Conference All-Stars were announced; Amar'e Stoudemire was not voted in, nor selected by the coaches to play in the All-Star Game.


Amar'e Stoudemire was struggling with efficiency and explosiveness and blamed it on the weight he gained during the NBA lockout and so engaged in a weight loss program, losing 10 pounds in 10 days with a goal to reach 245 pounds.


Amar'e Stoudemire returned with a few games remaining in the regular season.


Amar'e Stoudemire returned for game four and recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds, in a Knicks victory.


Amar'e Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points, which was down almost 8 points from the prior year, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks.


Amar'e Stoudemire made his season debut on January 1,2013, at home against Portland, playing 17 minutes off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing one rebound.


Amar'e Stoudemire missed the rest of the regular season because of that.


Amar'e Stoudemire only played 29 games during the season, averaging 14.2 points per game and 5 rebounds per game in 23.5 minutes per game.


Amar'e Stoudemire was still out when the New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in six games which would be the Knicks' first playoff victory since 2000.


Amar'e Stoudemire returned to action on May 11,2013, in Game 3 during the Knicks' Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers.


On February 16,2015, Amar'e Stoudemire was waived by the Knicks after an agreement was reached to buy out his contract.


On February 18,2015, Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the Dallas Mavericks.


Amar'e Stoudemire went on to play in 23 games for the Mavericks and averaged 10.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.


On July 10,2015, Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the Miami Heat.


On July 26,2016, Amar'e Stoudemire signed a contract with the New York Knicks to retire as a Knick, as he announced his retirement from the NBA later that day after 14 seasons in the league.


On September 1,2017, Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement from basketball.


In February 2018, Amar'e Stoudemire joined BIG3 team Tri State as co-captain.


Three months later, Amar'e Stoudemire announced that he was contemplating a return to playing professional basketball in the NBA.


On May 2,2019, Amar'e Stoudemire was named Israeli Premier League Player of the Month after averaging 16.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in four games played in April.


On October 30,2019, Amar'e Stoudemire signed with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association.


Amar'e Stoudemire appeared in 11 games for the Sturgeons, averaging 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.


In mid-December 2019, Amar'e Stoudemire had left the team to return to the United States.


On January 22,2020, Amar'e Stoudemire returned to Israel for a third stint, signing with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the rest of the season.


On October 30,2020, Amar'e Stoudemire was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as a player development assistant.


Amar'e Stoudemire filed for divorce from his wife in October 2018 but the case was dismissed in July 2019 after he failed to submit the required documents to follow through.


Amar'e Stoudemire formally converted to Judaism with a Rabbinical court on August 26,2020.


Amar'e Stoudemire was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.


In December 2014, Amar'e Stoudemire purchased a 185-acre farm in Hyde Park, New York, which includes a 2,066-square-foot log home.


Amar'e Stoudemire said that he intended to use the property as a place where his family can get together on weekends and in the off-season.


Amar'e Stoudemire started the Each One, Teach One foundation in 2003.


Amar'e Stoudemire funded his very own AAU team, named Team STAT.


Amar'e Stoudemire played Wheel of Fortune during its NBA week and donated all his winnings to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Phoenix area.


In November 2008, Amar'e Stoudemire received the NBA's Community Assist Award, for his work with his Each 1, Teach 1 Foundation, and its efforts to provide safe drinking water in Sierra Leone by funding the building of water wells in impoverished villages.


Amar'e Stoudemire visited the country in summer 2008, making visits to water well sites and meeting with President Ernest Bai Koroma and the rest of the cabinet.


Amar'e Stoudemire appeared on Fox's comedy series, The Mindy Project, where Mindy Kaling's character went on an outing with her co-workers to a nightclub, and wound up hanging in the VIP section with the New York big man.


Amar'e Stoudemire had a role in the film MacGruber and appeared in the blockbuster romance New Year's Eve.


Amar'e Stoudemire appeared as himself in the comedy film Trainwreck, as one of the patients of sports surgeon Dr Aaron Conners.


In 2011, Amar'e Stoudemire started his own clothing line, which launched at Macy's in late 2011.


Amar'e Stoudemire described the line as "courtside apparel for the fashion-forward female".


Amar'e Stoudemire has his own record label named Hypocalypto and has signed rappers from Phoenix to Atlanta.


In February 2018, Amar'e Stoudemire launched a kosher, Israeli wine label, called Amar'e Stoudemire Cellars.