On Tuesday afternoon, Amar’e Stoudemire announced his retirement from the NBA. Even though his career has been in decline for several years, he’s still extremely popular among former teammates and was one of the most exciting players in the league for a time in the mid-2000s before injuries took a toll on his athleticism. When he retired, tributes poured in from other NBA players on social media.
Dwyane Wade, who played with Stoudemire in Miami in his final season, showed his appreciation for the six-time All-Star on his Instagram page:
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This guy! Please let's not forgot how bad of a boy he was! @amareisreal thank you for making us jump out of our seats with vicious dunks like this! You never really know someone until you spend time with them. I can say this past year as your teammate…I got to know the real Amare and there's not many better. Congrts on your career and going out on your own clock!