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Amar’e Stoudemire biography: 13 things about ex-NBA player born in Lake Wales, Florida

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American-Israel basketball coach born in Lake Wales, Florida, United States to Hazell Stoudemire Sr. and Carrie Palmorn Stoudemire. Amar’e has an older brother named Hazell Stoudemire Jr.

Hazell Sr. and Carrie divorced when Hazell Jr. and Amar’e were young. After the divorce, Carrie met Artis Wilmore and they have a son named Marwan Wilmore.


From Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Amar’e moved to Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina, USA, attended summer school at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida and reenrolled at Mount Zion Christian Academy. He later moved to West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida then to Cypress Creek High School in Orlando.

Amar’e, who is 6’10” tall, is a former National Basketball Association player. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 1994, his father died of a heart attack. That year, he moved from Newburgh, New York, USA to Port Jervis, New York where he lived until 1998.
  2. In 1996, he started playing organized basketball.
  3. In 2002, he graduated from Cypress Creek High School. In the same year, he and Alexis Welch started dating. In the 2002 NBA draft, he was taken with the ninth pick by the Phoenix Suns, which is based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. From 2002 to 2010, he played for the Phoenix Suns. In 2003, he started the Each 1, Teach 1 foundation.
  4. From 2010 to 2015, he played for the New York Nicks, which is based in New York City, New York. In 2011, he started his own clothing line, which launched at Macy’s.
  5. On February 6, 2012, his brother Hazell Jr. was killed in a car accident in Polk County, Florida. In May 2012, he and Welch were engaged. On December 12, 2012, he and Welch got married atop their apartment rooftop in Greenwich Village, New York City.
  6. In December 2014, he bought a 185-acre farm in Hyde Park, New York.
  7. In 2015, he played for the Dallas Mavericks, which is based in Dallas, Texas, USA. He retired from the NBA after played for the Miami Heat, which is based in Miami, Florida from 2015 to 2016.
  8. From 2016 to 2017, he played for the Israeli Basketball Premier League team Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club, which is based in Jerusalem, Israel.
  9. From 2018 to 2019, he played for the Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. again. In February 2018, he launched a kosher, Israeli wine label called Stoudemire Cellars. In October 2018, he filed for divorce from Welch. He failed to submit the required documents to follow through so the case was dismissed in July 2019. He and Welch have four children together.
  10. In 2019, he played for the Chinese Basketball Association team Fujian Sturgeons, which is based in Jinjiang, Quanzhou, Fujian, China. In January 2019, he was granted residency in Israel. In March 2019, he received Israeli citizenship and adopted the name Yahoshafat Ben Avraham.
  11. In 2020, he played for the Israeli Basketball Premier League team Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club, which is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. On August 26, 2020, he formally converted to Judaism with a Rabbinical court. On October 30, 2020, the Brooklyn Nets hired him as a player development assistant.
  12. On May 12, 2022, he announced he would not be returning to the Brooklyn Nets for the 2022-2023 NBA season. He was 40 years old when he graduated on December 18, 2022 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida with a master’s degree in business. Hours after the graduation, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching his daughter and repeatedly slapping her for being disrespectful and lying.
  13. On January 17, 2023, he will attend an arraignment hearing. 

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