By Adam Green

Amar’e Stoudemire was there when the Phoenix Suns convinced Steve Nash to sign with the team in summer 2004.

He was there, on the court with him, in two of the three Western Conference Finals appearances the Suns made from then until 2010.

The two made multiple Western Conference All-Star teams and, together — along with Shawn Marion and others — helped make the Suns one of the NBA’s best and most exciting teams.

Saturday, in a letter, Nash announced his retirement from the NBA.

Part of it read:

“What do they say about men with big hands? They have quick feet? A’mare Stoudemire had both — and he made me look like an artist at times. Thanks, big man.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Stoudemire said Sunday about Nash pointing him out in the letter. “When you’re playing basketball, in the season or in the moment, you don’t realize exactly what you’re doing or how you’re affecting the world of basketball.

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