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By now, if you follow the NBA, you probably know that the Knicks have waved Amare Stoudemire. And you probably also know that his departure closes the book on one of the worst chapters in franchise history.
It’s not that Amare didn’t try his best for the Knicks. And it’s not that he didn’t endear himself to fans. But on the whole, his five-year, $99.7 million contract will go down as one of the worst in NBA history. Stoudemire only played 255 of a possible 365 games for New York, and he went from 25.3 points per game in his first season to 12.0 this season—for which he was being paid $23.4 million.
So you see, the Knicks had to get rid of Amare if they wanted to move forward. And while they could have waited until the end of the season, when his contract is up, by doing it now they are at least giving the guy a chance to move to a winning team right away.
Still, Amare isn’t leaving the city of New York without a heavy heart. Hence the Amare Stoudemire goodbye poem that went up on Instagram yesterday:
NY NY what a beautiful city
A place where you can hang out with Anna, JayZ & Diddy
Its a place absent of excuses and patience
If your smart, you can meet leaders of every nation
NY NY big city of dreams
Everything in NY isnt always what it seems
In the land where the jungle is concrete
The money flows Dow Jones and Wall Street
Home of #STATcity and the #Knickstape Orginator,
Shalom to all my fans, Salute to all my haters.
Peace and Love
Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire Sr.
“Patience” and “nation” don’t rhyme, and there are plenty of grammatical errors—which I never make—but the sentiment is sweet.
Godspeed, Amare Stoudemire. Godspeed.