Amar’e Stoudemire is a retired professional basketball player who is best known for his time with the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks in the NBA. He was born on November 16, 1982, in Lake Wales, Florida, but grew up in Polk County. Stoudemire is a six-time NBA All-Star and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2003. He also won a gold medal with the United States national team in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Stoudemire was born to Carrie and Hazell Stoudemire, and he had six siblings. His mother was a single parent, and the family lived in poverty. Stoudemire’s father died when he was 12 years old, leaving him to take on more responsibility at home. He found solace in basketball and began playing at a young age.
Stoudemire attended Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, where he played high school basketball. He was a dominant player in high school, and he helped lead his team to the state championship in his senior year. Stoudemire was a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school and was ranked as the number one high school player in the country by many publications.
Stoudemire was selected ninth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2002 NBA Draft. He made an immediate impact in his rookie season, averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003.
Stoudemire continued to improve in his second season, averaging 20.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game for the first time in his career, and he helped lead the Suns to the playoffs.
In 2005-06, Stoudemire had his best season statistically, averaging 26 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-NBA First Team and finished third in MVP voting. Stoudemire helped lead the Suns to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
Stoudemire’s career hit a speed bump in the 2006-07 season when he suffered a knee injury that limited him to just three games. He returned to form in the 2007-08 season, averaging 25.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career.
Stoudemire continued to be a dominant player for the Suns in the 2008-09 season, averaging 21.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game for the third time in his career.
In the summer of 2010, Stoudemire became a free agent, and he signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the New York Knicks. Stoudemire had a strong start to his Knicks career, averaging 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his first season with the team. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game for the fifth time in his career.
Stoudemire’s career in New York was marked by injuries, and he missed significant time in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. He played in just 29 games in the 2012-13 season due to knee injuries.
Stoudemire played his final season in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 2015-16. He played in 52 games for the Heat, averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Off the Court
Stoudemire has been involved in various philanthropic and entrepreneurial ventures off the court. He started the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation in 2003 to help underprivileged children in the United States and Israel. The foundation focuses on education, health and wellness, and community outreach.
Stoudemire is also an author and has written several children’s books, including “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented” and “Cooking with Amar’e: 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen.” In addition, he has been involved in the fashion industry, launching his own clothing line in 2012.
Stoudemire has also been involved in the entertainment industry, making several cameo appearances on television shows and in movies. He has appeared on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Entourage,” and “New Girl,” among others.
Stoudemire has been married to his wife, Alexis Welch, since 2012. The couple has four children together. Stoudemire also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Stoudemire has been open about his Jewish faith and has visited Israel several times. In 2014, he became a partial owner of the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team in Israel.
Amar’e Stoudemire had a successful NBA career, playing for the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2003. Stoudemire also won a gold medal with the United States national team in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Off the court, Stoudemire has been involved in various philanthropic and entrepreneurial ventures, including starting the Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation and writing several children’s books. He has also been involved in the fashion industry and has made cameo appearances in television shows and movies.
Stoudemire has been married to his wife, Alexis Welch, since 2012, and the couple has four children together. He has been open about his Jewish faith and has visited Israel several times. Stoudemire’s legacy as a basketball player and philanthropist will be remembered for years to come.
Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons