Basketball/NBA - Veteran big man Stoudemire retires

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 01: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks blocks out LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers during a free throw shot in the first half on January 1, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 01: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks blocks out LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers during a free throw shot in the first half on January 1, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- Six-time All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire announced his retirement as a player in the National Basketball Association, going out as a Knick after inking a final contract with New York. Stoudemire thanked Knicks brass for signing him so that he could officially retire as a member of the storied franchise. "I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that," he said. "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."

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