Amare Stoudemire retires from NBA

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NEW YORK (AP) Amare Stoudemire has retired from the NBA after signing his final contract with the New York Knicks.

Stoudemire's greatest team success came in Phoenix as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, but he chose to leave the NBA as a member of the Knicks, the team that had a lengthy playoff drought that ended after he signed there in 2010.

Stoudemire was a six-time All-Star, but battled knee injuries after his sensational first season in New York, when he became the first Knicks player to be voted an All-Star starter since Patrick Ewing.