Amar’e Stoudemire Returns From China, Hopes For NBA Comeback

Amar’e Stoudemire‘s brief stay in China is over and he’s now working out in South Florida in hopes of getting another shot at the NBA, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The 37-year-old had some success with the Fujian Sturgeons, including a recent 33-point, 17-rebound game, but didn’t like being so far away from his family, Stein adds (Twitter link).

Stoudemire hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2015/16 season, when he averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 52 games for the Heat. He announced his retirement following that season and signed a one-day ceremonial contract with the Knicks.

However, Stoudemire never stopped playing. He agreed to a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, which he co-owns in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, and helped the team capture the league title. He announced his retirement again in 2017, but joined the BIG3 the following year. Stoudemire spent last season playing in Israel before going to China.

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11 thoughts on “Amar’e Stoudemire Returns From China, Hopes For NBA Comeback

  1. formerlyz

    B/c of his defensive abilities since he was in Miami, I think he makes a lot of sense for getting a shot for one of the teams that need size

  2. Absolutely no chance. Get in line with Joe Johnson who supposedly had so many teams interested…, and he picked Detroit out of the many many choices. Btw.., He’s sitting at home right now.

    People think a spot in the NBA is so easy to get. It is absolutely not. These guys are so incredible that you’ve got to be in most cases, the best high school player in your city out of the Thousand guys of a large city, the best guy on your college team of course and one of the top couple guys in your conference out of the dozens of players etc etc.

    It’s a tough thing to make an NBA roster and you’ve got to be pretty darn good. At 38 or 40 years old you can’t keep up with these young guys athleticism speed quickness and ability to bounce back the next day.

    Stoudemire? Absolutely zero chance. Get in line with Joe Johnson Tracy McGrady Anfernee Hardaway and the rest of the guys that speak about comebacks in their late 30s. I always laugh at the truth behind that Jalen Rose commercial when he’s in the barber chair and quickly gets up excited about NBA comeback then crumbles because of aches and pains of that sudden movement.

  3. Jeff Zanghi

    Hey the Celtics need a cheap big man — not sure he really has anything at all left in the tank BUT if he does even if he just averages 5/5 the Celtics could use that… But probably just wishful thinking that he can even still play at the NBA level to be honest.

    • x%sure

      The Celts could use an Embiid stopper– Not sure that is Amare. He didn’t have a reputation of rising to the occasion.

      I bet he would complain to the ref a lot when his bo

  4. stevep-4

    And in other news, the ghost of Meadowlark Lemon is looking for a tryout with an NBA team. He’s still funny and hasn’t lost his shot.

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