By Al Iannazzone

Amar’e Stoudemire is often brash and boastful, but he seems humbled by his current status and cherishes whatever time he has left in the NBA.

His career is nearing an end, and Stoudemire wants to be in a winning environment. It’s why he asked to be bought out by the Knicks last season and why he signed with the Heat over the summer.

Stoudemire said the 2014-15 Knicks stumbled through their worst season ever because players didn’t buy into Phil Jackson’s and Derek Fisher’s system. “Absolutely, there’s no question about that,” he said. “We had great talent, had players that were athletic and physical, offensive-minded, defensive-minded. We had a well-rounded team that year. But it just took more time than I was willing to accept to buy into the system.”

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