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Stoudemire praises Dirk Nowitzki as his toughest player to defend

Amar'e Stoudemire played in 23 games with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2014-2015 season.
Amar'e Stoudemire played in 23 games with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2014-2015 season. Star-Telegram

Former Dallas Mavericks forward and longtime NBA standout Amar’e Stoudemire retired from the NBA last week.

But he hasn’t stopped playing basketball.

Stoudemire, a six-time NBA All-Star, announced Monday that he will be playing pro basketball in Israel next season with Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire, 33, played 14 seasons in the league with Phoenix, New York, Miami and Dallas. He signed a contract to retire as a New York Knick last week.

During the 2014-2015 season in Dallas, Stoudemire played in 23 games with one start. He averaged 10.8 points per game.

On Monday, Stoudemire praised the play of Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

“Then there’s Dirk Nowitzki. The toughest player I ever had to guard. That one-legged fadeaway? There’s just no stopping it,” Stoudemire said on The Player’s Tribune website. “Luckily when we were on the same team for a few months in 2015, I didn’t have to. I could play off him and just watch him work.”

Stoudemire reportedly was part owner of Hapoel Jerusalem, but will sell his portion to the majority owner as part of a two-year deal to join the team.

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