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Will Amar'e Stoudemire call it a career?


10:28 AM ET 03.10 | Amar'e Stoudemire will miss the remainder of the regular season for the NY Knicks and his career could be next. It's not a stretch to think that Stoudemire might have played his final game for the Knicks, even with two more years on his contract. The more he plays, the more he keeps breaking down. This time, it's his right knee that needs a debridement procedure, a thorough cleaning out of the knee.

New York Daily News

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March 10, 2013  10:40 AM ET

It Was Fun While It Lasted, Bro.

March 10, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Ridiculous. AS is scheduled to be paid $43mil over the next two years, so he'll definitely play as best he can. This seems more like wishful thinking on the part of the New York Daily News. They think the $$ could probably be better spent on other players given his health problems, so they're hoping he retires.

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March 10, 2013  10:58 AM ET

This is Karma for the Knicks organization..... constantly messing up a good thing. Just think if they weren't so stupid to amnesty Billups in a contract year... They could have used it on Amare... The Knicks always have a way of messing up a good thing. Their own worst enemy... Looks like another 1st round exit for Melo and Co. again LOL!!!

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March 10, 2013  11:10 AM ET

It's a Russ type move.

It's also an Apple type move.

March 10, 2013  11:13 AM ET

karma? what a dumb and hurtful thing to say. the Amare move will always be viewed by knicks fans like myself as the move that opened the door for the knicks to compete again, to bring in the Melos, the Chandlers, and pick up guys like Smith and Novak. Much like when the Mets brought in Pedro. No championships, sure, but a new beginning in turning around a business that was going no where. "messing up a good thing"? the Knicks weren't even newspaper worthy before Amare's arrival. we knicks fans dont care about you haters and your rejoicing over an injured player who gave is all with all he had. The facts are true - the Knicks would not be playing as well this season and would not have any hope for the playoffs had the move to bring Amare here never occurred. Of that we will ALWAYS be grateful.

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March 10, 2013  11:25 AM ET

It's very sad to see AS go down AGAIN. I was really loving hos game and effort last month or so.

That being said, there is NO chance that he'll opt retirement with nearly $50M on the table. I hope he doesn't!!! He needs to make all the money he can :-)

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March 10, 2013  12:10 PM ET

55. What are the rules for retired players?There's nothing binding about a player announcing his retirement. The player can still sign a new contract and continue playing (if he's not under contract), or return to his team (if he is still under contract) and resume his career.The only exception to this is when a player is still under contract, wants to quit, and his team doesn't want to let him out of his contract. Under these circumstances the player can file for retirement with the league. The player is placed on the league's Voluntarily Retired list, forgoes his remaining salary, and cannot return to the league for one year. The latter requirement prevents players from using retirement as an underhanded way to change teams, but can be overridden with unanimous approval from all 30 teams.Any money paid to a player is included in team salary, even if the player is no longer playing or has retired.There is one exception whereby a player can continue to receive his salary, but the salary is not included in the team's team salary. This is when a player is forced to retire for medical reasons and a league-appointed physician confirms that he is medically unfit to continue playing. There is a waiting period of one year following the injury or illness before a team can apply for this salary cap relief. If the waiting period expires mid-season (on any date prior to the last day of the regular season), then the player's entire salary for that season is removed from the team's team salary. For example, in March 2003 the Knicks were allowed to remove Luc Longley's entire 2002-03 salary from their books (and since the luxury tax is based on the team salary as of the last day of the regular season, the Knicks avoided paying any tax on Longley's salary). This provision can also be used when a player dies while under contract.If the player "proves the doctors wrong" and resumes his career, then his salary is returned to his team's team salary when he plays in his 10th game in any one season (including pre-season, regular season and playoff games). This allows a player to attempt to resume his career without affecting his team unless his comeback is ultimately successful. A team loses this salary cap relief even if the player later signs and plays 10 games with a different team.Teams are not allowed to trade for disabled players and then apply for this salary cap relief. Only the team for which the player was playing when he was disabled may request this relief.If a player retires, even for medical reasons, his team does not receive a salary cap exception to acquire a replacement player.

Sweet baby Jesus, did you get your lawyer to write this?

IGOR, get the legal brain out of the jar!

We have a page turner here!

March 10, 2013  12:14 PM ET

Apple is ...just stupid negative w/ so many...and this Apple kid is too much in hating Woody. who puts a player in a pedestal and they act like that player can do no wrong and no mater at what cost for the team...the Melo a55-kissers.

These fans disregard what other players have done for the team.

Did not add to your commetn, ONLY removed.

But I think it is spot on.

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March 10, 2013  01:20 PM ET

Too much money on the table for him to retire.

March 10, 2013  01:25 PM ET

+1also we got Tyson for billupsa guy that's won DPOY hereand CB has been hurt basically the whole timeI get hate- but I dislike stupidity more

If they hadn't pickup Billups option in the first place they wouldn't of had to amnesty him just months later which looks really bad. Then they could of signed Chandler straight up and they could of amnestied Amare. Lots of "what if's, I know but that's what he was trying to implay. Hindsight is indeed 20/20, however.

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