Amar'e yearns for a NBA return after completing the BIG3 playoffs.
Amar'e Stoudemire made a name for himself in the NBA as Steve Nash's primary pick-and-roll option with the Phoenix Suns. The Mike D'Antoni offense was suited to Steve Nash's court vision, ball handling and Amar'e incredible athleticism, the rest of the team followed suit by stretching the floor. Nobody played defence on those Phoenix Suns teams in the mid 2000s, except maybe Raja Bell. This morning, Amar'e put the NBA on notice: un-retirement is an option from here on out, his jaunt in the BIG3 notwithstanding. The Instagram post in question showed him fixing his goggles like he'd done so many times in his career. The image was accompanied by a caption that read: "NBA ready" along with hashtags inferring the same message of preparedness.
A lot has transpired since Amar'e left the league in 2016. Deeming himself retired from the NBA didn't reclude him from joining Hapoel Jerusalem where he became a decorated member of the Israeli basketball establishment after flirting with the idea joining their National side, some years before. His most recent stint as member of Tri-State in the BIG3 culminated in a semi-final appearance where they lost to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's 3 Headed Monsters squad. Can you see Amar'e carving out a role on a NBA team at 35 years old?