Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘A Lot of Countries Have Been Calling’

by July 26, 2011

Knicks superstar forward (and, also, women’s fashion designer) Amar’e Stoudemire says foreign teams won’t leave him alone, but his back is not healthy enough for him to seriously consider offers just yet. From ESPN: “Speaking at his rented home on Monday afternoon in Hollywood Hills, where he joined designer Rachel Roy in unveiling their women’s clothing line to members of the fashion media, Stoudemire said he’s seen a flood of international caller IDs come his way. ‘All the clubs have called the office inquiring about me,’ Stoudemire said. ‘Teams from Israel, China, Turkey, Spain. A lot of countries have been calling.’ Initially, Stoudemire didn’t seem interested in fielding offers from foreign teams. On July 9 he tweeted, ‘Europe teams are calling, I think I’m going 2 stay here in the states. My loyalty is with the State of New York an the NYK’s. Who’s with me?’ But on Monday, he stated otherwise. ‘The chances would be high’ of playing elsewhere in a lockout, Stoudemire said. ‘They’d definitely be high. I just want to make sure I’m healthy and totally 100 percent before I make that type of commitment. As of right now, we’re not entertaining offers. I’m still trying to get (my back) right.'”