New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire Has Purchased a Farm

Ben LeibowitzCorrespondent IIIJanuary 31, 2014

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New York Knicks injury-prone big man Amar'e Stoudemire has quite literally bought the farm.

According to Stephanie Smith of the New York Post's Page Six, "The 7-foot center just bought a 190-acre farm in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, closing on the deal two weeks ago."

Smith goes on to write that Stoudemire isn't sure whether he'll harvest crops on the land or build a larger home on the property. Instead, "Stoudemire bought the place so his family and kids can get together on the weekends."

This isn't the first instance in which the six-time All-Star has been in the news for rather bizarre reasons. Per Corky Siemaszko of the New York Daily News in August, Stoudemire applied for Israeli citizenship after becoming part owner of the Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stoudemire was even quoted as saying, "We are all Jewish. It's the original culture," per Siemaszko.

Since signing a fully guaranteed five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks in 2010, the now 31-year-old Stoudemire's career has once again been derailed by injuries.

"STAT" averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and shot 50.2 percent from the field during his first year in New York in 2010-11—making the All-Star team and All-NBA Second Team in the process. He's missed 85 games combined in three seasons since.

Amar'e played well in January, averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field, but an ankle sprain has kept his sidelined for the past seven contests.

Any and all news stemming from the Knicks franchise is believable at this point, and this story simply adds to that narrative.