Former Suns standout Stoudemire retires

Amare Stoudemire spent 15 productive seasons in the NBA.

Former NBA center Amare Stoudemire has officially retired from basketball, as pointed out by international basketball website Sportando.

Stoudemire, 35, made the announcement on his Instagram account.

He spent last season with Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel, where he was named MVP of that league’s All-Star game.

“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,” he wrote. “I feel it is my time now, to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better.”

Stoudemire was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 9 overall pick in 2002, entering the league straight out of high school when that was still a thing.

He became a central part of a Suns team that captivated basketball with a Seven-Seconds-Or-Less fast-breaking offense led by current Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, and also featuring point guard Steve Nash and forward Shawn Marion.

Stoudemire also spent time with the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, compiling career averages of 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds over 15 NBA seasons.