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Amar'e Stoudemire Thanks Suns Fans In Full-Page Arizona Republic Ad

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Amar'e Stoudemire is no LeBron James when it comes to talent on the basketball court.

But James may want to take note of Stoudemire's ex-team-etiquette after Amare took out a full page ad in the Arizona Republic this morning. (Amar'e, where's the love, where's New Times' full-page ad?)

In the Republic ad, Stoudemire says Phoenix always will be a part of his extended family.

See the full text of the ad after the jump.

Dear People of Phoenix,

As most of you know, my 8 year career with the Phoenix Suns has ended, but I wanted to take this final opportunity to say "THANK YOU" to the people of Phoenix and the wonderful Suns fans for your constant support throughout my career. Players changing teams is part of the business of professional basketball and to simply say it was difficult to leave the Suns organization, my teammates, the coaching staff, and most of all you, the fans, is an understatement.

I want all of you to know that I leave Phoenix with great appreciation and a heart full of warm memories and gratitude for the many years of support I've always felt from the people of Phoenix, the Colangelo and Sarver families, and from my teammates and coaches.

I arrived here as a 19 year old kid, Here I became a man. My children were born here. I made friendships here that I will always treasure.

So I am saying so long, but not goodbye, to a great community that I will always consider part of my extended family.

WITH LOVE AND RESPECT,

AMAR'E

Good for Stoudemire for taking the time to personally thank Suns fans for their support.

But this move doesn't take away the sting that some fans are still feeling in the wake of his departure.

And who knows, Amar'e may be doing this to prevent getting booed when he comes back.

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