Stodemajer se penzionisao

Nakon nacionalne titule sa Hapoel Jerusalimom, Amare Stodemajer je odlučio da prestane sa aktivnim igranjem košarke.

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Amare Stodemajer je profesionalnu karijeru započeo 2002. godine kada je draftovan sa devete pozicije od strane Feniks Sansa. Za franšizu iz Arizone je nastupao osam sezona, u tom periodu čak pet puta je nastupao na Ol-star utakmici. 2003. godine je izabran za rukija godine. Sa Sansima je najbolji rezultat ostvario 2010. godine kada su igrali finale Zapadne konferencije.

Nakon toga je upisao unosan ugovor sa Njujork Niksima koji ga je učinio jednim od najplaćenijih košarkaša u ligi, međutim taj novac nije opravdao. Niti jednom u pet sezona koliko je nastupao za Nikse, nije odigrao sve utakmice, a problemi sa povredama su ga često znali odvojiti od parketa po nekoliko meseci. Pre dolaska u Izrael, kratko je nosio dres Dalas Maveriksa i Majami Hita.

U leto 2016. godine je odlučio da zaigra za Hapoel, klub čiji je suvlasnik. Sa ekipom iz Jerusalima je osvojio nacionalno prvenstvo, a igrao je i u polufinalu Evrokupa.

Odluku da se povuče, objavio je na svom Instagram profilu:

Thank you @_winner_league @thejerusalem_post @sport_5 @jerusalembasket "When I decided last summer to retire from the NBA and join Hapoel Jerusalem, my intentions were to help this team, from this holy city win my first championship with the team and the second championship in franchise history. I am extremely proud that not only did we meet that goal, but that this achievement, capped arguably the best season this team has ever had. Reaching all three local finals, of which we won two, along with a eurocup semifinals appearance, personally winning the All Star Game MVP Award 🏆 and coming to within one game of the finals, made it a truly remarkable season. I am extremely proud that not only did we meet that goal, but that this achievement, capped arguably the best season this team has ever had. It has been a great ride for myself and my family. We enjoyed the city, it's people, the holy places 🕎 and of course Hapoel fans🗣. Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play I feel it is my time now, to return to the shareholder's position and help make this team even better. I would like to thank Hapoel Jerusalem president. Ori Allon, and the entire Hapoel Jerusalem organization for giving me the opportunity to retire as a champion 🏆and doing it in the holiest of cities made even more special. I wish my teammates, friends and fans another great season. Yalla Hapoel!!" #kingdombusiness #shabbtshalom

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