The New York Knicks have had their share of ups and downs over the years. Once a powerhouse team, they fell apart in the 50s, and did not return to form until the 70s. They fell apart again in the early 90s, but have recently begun a steady rise, beginning in the early 2000s. They are currently on a season high winning streak that has captured the attention of fans and sports analysts who are curious about their sudden turnaround, and whether it will last. One of the players that has been credited with the teams resurgence, is Amar'e Stoudemire. Mr. Stoudemire joined the team in 2010 after having played for the Phoenix Suns. A 6 foot 11 inch tall power forward/center, his arrival immediately resulted in higher scoring games for the Knicks, and a far stronger defense. His success on the court has been consistent and impressive. Recently, however, his personal life received a blow, when he learned that his older brother had been killed in a car crash in their home state of Florida. He took a few days off from the Knicks to spend time with his family, and returned to the court with a teardrop tattoo on his face in memory of his brother. During the recent lockout, he purchased a new mansion in Florida, in an effort to maintain ties with his Florida-based family.
The $3.7 million, 14,555 square foot estate, houses 6 bedrooms, 6 and a half bathrooms, and rests on just under 2 and a half acres of Florida land. There is a movie viewing room, a living room with a fireplace, a private lagoon, and indoor and outdoor kitchens. The mansion, located in Southwest Ranches, Florida, is surrounded by highly manicured greenery, and gates. It is the perfect antidote to New York City and a busy basketball season, and it will hopefully be a place where he and his family can get together and reminisce.
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